Thursday, March 2, 2023

Irish migration, faith tracked in thorough history book

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By Daniel S. Mulhall | OSV News

The Catholic Church throughout much of the world was shaped by the Irish diaspora, the migration of 8 million Irish men and women that took place (mostly) between 1760 and 1960.

As the Irish left their native soil to escape poverty and find new opportunities, they were followed by priests and bishops, and religious sisters and brothers who provided the sacraments, taught in their schools, provided health care and nurture, and cared for those who were poor and indigent.

The story of this great migration of Irish men and women and the faith they brought with them is told in Sean Connolly’s captivating new book, “On Every Tide: The Making and Remaking of the Irish World.”

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Travel books offer insights on American Catholic sites

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By Mitch Finley | OSV News

The Catholic Church in the United States is nothing if not loaded with history. New books provide marvelous and weighty resources for any who would travel in pursuit of historical insights into Catholic history.

These books provide a wealth of information for even the most amateur of armchair travelers.

Historian Kevin Schmiesing’s “A Catholic Pilgrimage through American History” is designed to give the reader many insights into Catholic individuals and events that have had a profound impact on American history.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

The prayers of Bakhita, the hope and help of a book

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By Elizabeth Scalia | OSV News

When she was canonized by Pope St. John Paul in 2000, Josephine Bakhita immediately became the patron saint of survivors of human trafficking.

Even a quick read of her story more than explains why. Kidnapped from the Sudanese village where her father was a chieftain and ironically renamed “Bakhita” (Arabic for the “lucky” or “fortunate” one) by her captors, Josephine endured such sustained trauma that she forgot her own name. 

She was bought and sold five times, the last being to an Italian vice consul, Callisto Legnani, who apparently treated Josphine humanely enough that when he was required to return to Italy she begged to be taken, too. 

Graphic novel style, Catholic topics

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By Amanda Hudson | The Observer

Kevin and Mary O’Neill are lifelong Catholics and parents of nine children. Kevin was part of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin, while Mary grew up at Holy Family Parish in Rockford. They met through her brother when he was youth minister at St. Margaret Mary Parish.

Nowadays, they live in Harvard and attend St. Peter Church in Volo, which is staffed by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.

The couple has written two longer books, which Kevin calls a “labor of love” for his children. The O’Neills chose a graphic novel style for their books using photos of settings they designed and built out of Legos®, adding in dialogue balloons, all of which provides a comic book look for serious, faith filled topics. “We illustrate our graphic-novels by building, designing, and photographing intricate sets — built with your child’s favorite building block toys,” they say.

Book presents Advent in past, present and future

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By Megan Peterson | The Observer

Mike Pacer, a member of Holy Cross Parish in Batavia, knows a little something about looking for different perspectives. The father of four, including diocesan priest Father Nathan Pacer, spent 14 years as a successful trial lawyer in Chicago — and then left.

He had heard a call from God to “just leave.”

So he and his wife Lori stepped out in trust to look at life through God’s lens and led their family in faith and service to the Church. As they taught their children, they saw a need for instilling faith-filled traditions like those their parents had taught them during Advent. 

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Female Doctors of the Church lead retreat in new book

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By Kathleen Finley | Catholic News Service

Because we have limited options for retreats, Vinita Wright offers the reader an opportunity to listen to and reflect with the four female doctors of the Church. She does so in a clear and articulate way, beginning with explaining what a saint is:

"Although each person in the [heavenly] family of God is considered a saint with a small “s,” some people live in such a way that their imitation of Christ's love has great impact on others. …

“Such a saint relates to others in a truly Christlike way:  with humility, wisdom, passion and a certain spiritual confidence that allows them to act on what they sense God is asking them to do. 

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Renaissance woman: Study of Michelangelo leads retired psychologist back to her faith

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By Gigi De La Torre | Catholic News Service

For centuries, Renaissance art has captivated hearts and souls. Christine Panyard, a retired psychologist of 43 years and a parishioner at the Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn, Mich., is no stranger to the transformative effects of religious art.