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Full of Grace

An Oral Biography of John Cardinal O'Connor

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The death in May 2000 of John Cardinal O'Connor, archbishop of New York, was a vital loss to countless millions. A shining, openhearted crusader for traditional values in an increasingly bewildering culture, O'Connor was a pioneer for the new face of Catholicism, mapping out an unequivocal political and ethical code that stood for unconditional charity, civil liberties, and social justice. His widespread influence and spiritual presence are still felt strongly today.
Now, for the first time, one of last century's most inspiring voices for humanity, conscience, and compassion is celebrated and remembered through the words of those who knew him best. Renowned author and journalist Terry Golway shares a diverse collection of intimate stories and accounts: from former New York Mayor Ed Koch, one of the archbishop's closest friends, to fellow clerics he inspired, to all manner of laypersons around the country whose lives were touched and changed by this vital pillar of the Roman Catholic Church.
With never-before-seen photographs throughout, along with fascinating, previously unpublished correspondence to and from O'Connor, Full of Grace is a gorgeous tribute and an unprecedented remembrance, affording full access to the vast heart of the extraordinary man who once famously understated, "I hope that in each place I've gone, I saved some souls."

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 12, 2001 – At first blush, this appears to be a rather ordinary book of vignettes from the life of a Catholic priest who rose from humble beginnings to the top of his church's hierarchy. The recollections about the late New York Cardinal John O'Connor do not seem particularly profound and are often plainly spoken. However, like their subject, they are deceptive in their simplicity; taken together, they present an extraordinary portrait of the man. Golway, a columnist and city editor for the New York Observer, collected the oral reminiscences of more than 50 people whose paths crossed with the cardinal's over the years, and assembled them into this charming memoir. The speakers range from the celebrated to the obscure, and include members of the cardinal's family and staff as well as priests, nuns and New Yorkers. Interestingly, some of the most memorable stories come from Jews, with whom the late cardinal enjoyed a special relationship because of his defense of the state of Israel and his respect for Judaism as the religion that had given birth to his own. Many of the remembrances recall the private moments behind O'Connor's public persona: the times he showed up for a wedding or a funeral or visited someone's relative in the hospital, revealing his greatness in ordinary gestures. Since, as Golway says, O'Connor was "the public face, the public voice, and the public conscience of the American Catholic Church," this book should have broad appeal to readers inside and outside the church.
Full of Grace
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  • Category: Religion & Spirituality
  • Published: Mar 20, 2002
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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