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Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and Their Son

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The 1950s was a boom time for the Catholic Church in America with large families of devout members providing at least one son or daughter for a life of religious service. Boston was at the epicenter of this explosion, and Bill Manseau and Mary Doherty-two eager young parishioners from different towns-became part of a new breed of clergy, eschewing the comforts of homey parishes and choosing instead to minister to the inner-city poor. Peter Manseau's riveting evocation of his parents' parallel childhoods, their similar callings, their experiences in the seminary and convent, and how they met while tending to the homeless of Roxbury during the riot-prone 1960s, is a page-turning meditation on the effect that love can have on profound faith. Once married, the Manseaus continued to fight for Father Bill's right to serve the church as a priest, and it was into this stasis that Peter and his siblings were born-raised to be good Catholics while they witnessed their father's personal war with the church's hierarchy. A multi-generational tale of spirituality, Vows also charts Peter's own calling, one which he tried to deny even as he felt compelled to consider the monastic life, toying with the idea of continuing a family tradition that stretches back over 300 years of Irish and French Catholic priests and nuns. It is also in Peter's deft hands that we learn about a culture and a religion that has shaped so much of American life, affected scores of true believers, and withstood great turmoil. Vows is a compelling tale of one family's unshakeable faith that to be called is to serve, however high the cost may be.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Prologue

Part One

Vocation

Via Crucis

Brick and Mortar

Sacred Hearts

According to Thy Will

Part Two

Formation

Benedicamus Domino

Bethany

Radicalized

Brides of Christ

Part Three

Reformation

Prophets of Doom

From Many Wounds

City on a Hill

Heart-Shaped Stone

june 14, 1969

Part Four

Procreation

Preaching, Waiting

Holy Family

Ex Damnato Coitu

In Search Of

The Word Made Strange

Part Five

Revelation

Smoke and Mirrors

Prodigal Sons

"My Life Has Always Been Secret"

In the Beginning Was the Word

Epilogue: Exiles at Rest

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743249072
Subtitle:
The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and Their Son
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Manseau, Peter
Author:
Peter Manseau
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Religious
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 4.688 oz

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Religion » Christianity » Catholicism

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