Friday, May 31, 2013

R.I.P. Father Andrew Greeley-A unique voice in literature is quieted

Photo by Jonathan Kirn

Another voiced quieted

Andrew M. Greeley 1928-2013
Sometime during the night of May 29th we lost a great man and a great author. He was a true shepherd and a special amazing and unique voice in literature.

He was born February 5th, 1928 in Oak Park Il. the son of Andrew T. Greenley and Grace (nee) McNichols. He was a third generation American. He always knew he wanted to be a priest when he grew up. He attended Seminaries in Chicago and was ordained in 1952.

He suffered many career blows because of his politics and theological ideals, but he also often stated, “My core identity is a priest.” Father Andrew M. Greeley celebrated 59 years as a priest this year. 

He’s written over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction. His writing has been translated into 12 languages. 

He was a professor of sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. He was a frequent contributor to The National Catholic Reporter and The New York Times to which he said “Sometimes I suspect that my obituary in The New York Times, will read ‘Andrew Greeley, Priest; Wrote Steamy Novels.’ ”

Father Greeley was outspoken and critical, and a huge, early supporter of victims of priest abuse and in 1989 he began writing articles in Chicago newspapers against the church’s position. He could find fault with secular as well as Catholic doctrine and opinion and was not apologetic about voicing his often “Everyman” opinion. 

He was a true Chicago son and enjoyed watching and cheering on his Cubs, Bears & Bulls.

His books made him rich; he however, donated his first million to charity and was a staunch advocate time and money wise for many causes he found worthy.

Speaking strictly as a reader, when it comes to romance this man knew his stuff. His novels were filled with laughter, drama and yes a little hanky-panky too. But they were also full of morals and values and humility and honesty that sometimes lacks in today’s everything now, everything goes novels.
My favorite series were his Nuala Ann McGrail series, she was a character and her poor misunderstood hunk of a husband was too. Another thing I liked in his novels were the cameos from past works and even some from other series that made you feel like you were checking in with old friends.

He was the author of three series secular yet spiritual and godly too are as follows:
The Bishop Blackie Ryan Series List from GoodReads
The O’Malley Family series List from LibraryThing
The Nuala Anne McGrail Series List from GoodReads

Book List courtesy GoodReads

To offer condolences, leave a message or light a virtual candle you may do so at his Legacy Guest Book

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