Sunday, May 5, 2024

Big Easy does it! I'm bringing Father Ed's story to the Crescent City

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church can be seen in the background of this photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I am thrilled to be speaking on my biography of Father Edward Dowling, S.J.—Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.'s Spiritual Sponsor—on May 15, 6:30 p.m., at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, the historic Jesuit parish at Loyola University New Orleans. Although I have spoken at private gatherings in New Orleans, this will be my first time speaking publicly there. I am hoping very much that my longtime readers as well as new ones will hear about it and come on down.

New Orleans is a particularly special place to speak on Father Ed, as Dowling visited Loyola University New Orleans many times to speak at the Summer School of Catholic Action. And it's a special place for me in another way as well, because civil-rights pioneer Father Louis J. Twomey, S.J., the subject of my next biography (whom I recently profiled in America magazine), spent nearly all his working life at Loyola.

Speaking of Father Twomey, I am grateful to be sharing his story with the members of New Orleans's Round Table Club while I am in town. But that's a private event, so if you'd like to see me in the Crescent City, come to Holy Name—and please spread the word!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Flying to Flint! Michigan is the next stop on my Father Ed book tour

After having an amazing time speaking about Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.'s Spiritual Sponsor in Memphis and New Jersey, I am now preparing to leave for Michigan to speak this Saturday at St. Michael's Conference Center in Flint. I love meeting readers of Father Ed and especially folks in the recovery community, so please see my Appearances page for details of my upcoming talks and tell your friends.

Thanks to Kathe Carson of the Church of St. Elizabeth in Wyckoff, NJ, for taking the photo at left as I signed books there two nights ago. I hope soon to be able to share video of my talk at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Memphis on April 3, where five hundred Father Ed fans came to hear me speak about him on the sixty-fourth anniversary of his death in that very city.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Meet me in Memphis!

With the paperback edition of Father Ed now available, I'm delighted to have speaking appearances lined up in Memphis; northern New Jersey; Flint, Michigan; and New Orleans. The Memphis appearance is particularly special, as Bishop David Talley invited me to speak at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the sixty-fourth anniversary of Father Ed's death in that very city. Visit my Appearances page for the latest details of my upcoming talks.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

WATCH: I reveal the new paperback edition of Father Ed

Today I received my first copy of the new paperback edition of my book Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.'s Spiritual Sponsor! It will be available in March from the publisher, Orbis Books. Sign up on Orbis's website to be notified when it goes on sale. 

Nota bene, although Amazon is already showing a "paperback edition" of Father Ed for sale, the paperback that it currently offers was created for the European market. Unless you are in Europe, I recommend holding out for the US version, which will include some fixes to a few typographical errors that were in the first edition.

The hardback edition of Father Ed is available now and can be ordered directly from the publisher. Electronic editions are available as well from your seller of choice. 

As I mention in the video, I'm delighted to have several Father Ed talks coming up, which will be listed on my Appearances page here at the Dawn Patrol as they are confirmed.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

LISTEN (and sort of watch): My parish talk on "What Did Vatican II Teach About the Eucharist?"

On February 7, I had the pleasure of speaking at my parish on "What Did Vatican II Teach About the Eucharist?" There were some technical difficulties with the livestream, but you can still hear me, and sort of see me (after the first few seconds), in this video, beginning at about 7 minutes 43 seconds.

Monday, February 5, 2024

America magazine publishes my feature on Father Twomey, including new info on his friendship with MLK

It is a joy to announce that today America magazine debuted online a feature article I wrote on Father Louis J. Twomey, S.J., whose biography I am writing. In "A Little-Known Jesuit's Battle for Racial Justice in the Deep South," I tell about Twomey's life, including his conversion from passive white-supremacist views to advocating for the human dignity of all, and share new information about his friendship with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

If you would like to stay abreast of my Father Twomey research, please subscribe to my Substack newsletter Matters Twomey. Also, if you're the praying sort (or even if you're not), please say a prayer for me as I seek a publisher for my biography of this great-souled Jesuit.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

L'Osservatore Romano features my article on Father Twomey's friendship with MLK

What a joy it was to see L'Osservatore Romano publish the article I wrote for it about Father Louis J. Twomey, S.J.'s friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. on the front page of its Quatro Pagine arts section! Very soon, I hope to have more good news to share on the Twomey front, as America is set to publish my 3,000-word feature on the great New Orleans Jesuit to coincide with King's birthday.

For the latest updates on my research for my biography of Father Twomey, I invite you to subscribe to my Substack newsletter Matters Twomey. And please say a prayer that my biography finds the best publisher possible so that this great Jesuit's contributions to social justice may become widely known.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Where Peter Is publishes my analysis of Fiducia Supplicans

Just a happy note to say that my favorite website for Catholic commentary, Where Peter Is, has published my analysis of Fiducia Supplicans: "Pope OKs blessing persons in gay unions: What it means, why it matters."

P.S. Now that I've completed my Where Peter Is article, I can finally post the Matters Twomey update I promised—tonight, Lord willing.