Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism
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Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism


Douglas Brinkley Julie M. Fenster   The acclaimed historian and "New York Times" bestselling author offers the first in-depth biography of the Roman Catholic priest who fought against prejudice and founded the Knights of Columbus. Father michael McGivney built a way for laymen to make enduring contributions to their religious communities and showed Catholic families how to help build a better world for us all.  This is his story.

Title:Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

    Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism Reviews

  • Fredrick Danysh
    Sep 23, 2013

    In the latter part of the 1800s, an anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant attitude prevailed in America. In the midst of this setting in Connecticut was a young, caring Catholic priest. His concern for wid...

  • Thadeus
    Jan 14, 2011

    This book does a great job of laying out the life of a parish priest in America. It also gives a lot of great information about the founding of the Knights of Columbus which is a Catholic fraternal or...

  • David Cowhig
    Oct 13, 2012

    Brinkley draws on the historian's art including the techniques of group biography to create a convincing portrait of one of the Catholic Church's answers to Karl Marx. Brinkley discusses the suffering...

  • Ramon
    Oct 16, 2009

    Most of my books reviews will have this disclaimer. Most of the books in my library are audiobooks. I prefer audiobooks especially on long trips. I feel that if the book is that bad at least my time w...

  • Rebecca
    Dec 16, 2008

    Interesting enough, from the standpoint of learning a bit about the man who was responsible for founding the Knights of Columbus, but only moderately informative of the latter part of the title: Ameri...

  • Russ Louch
    Oct 11, 2011

    Parish Priest is a fascinating look into the life of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, best known as the founder of the Knights of Columbus, as well as the broader story of the Catholic Church in ...

  • Janet
    Mar 01, 2014

    I liked this book so much more than I expected to. Fr. McGivney is just the sort of priest we all want in our parishes. Hopefully, my immigrant ancestors were administered to by such a wonderful pries...

  • Mary Ellen
    Jul 15, 2014

    I'm an Irish Catholic living in New Haven, CT - and I work with immigrants. I must be the target audience for this book, a biography of Fr. Michael Joseph McGivney, son of Irish immigrants and founder...

  • Nitrorockets
    Aug 27, 2007

    I recommend that you read this if you are Catholic or are interested in social work. His social ideas have saved the lives of many Catholics in this country, as well as in others. Learning about this ...

  • Cynthia Egbert
    Apr 03, 2015

    I learned a great deal about the life of a parish priest in the late nineteenth century, as well as being Irish during that same time period. I wish that there had been more time spent on exploring wh...

About Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him “America’s new past master.” His most recent books are The Quiet World, The Wilderness Warrior, and The Great Deluge. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.