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!