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An Alley In Chicago: The Ministry Of A City Priest
by Margery Frisbie
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Besides recounting the exemplary life of Monsignor John Joseph Egan, An Alley in Chicago briefs us on the firebrand priests and lay people who radiated the power and élan that made Catholics across the country look to the heartland, to Chicago's Catholic moment. They sought leadership in marriage education, in neighborhood empowerment, in urban ministries, in ecumenism, in race relations, in community organizing, from these indefatigable Chicago leaders-and they got it. In honor of Msgr. Egan's life and legacy, Sheed & Ward is proud to release this updated and expanded edition of his biography in partnership with DePaul University, which hosts the Egan Urban Center and sponsors Egan Hope scholars.
About the Author
Margery Frisbie, a graduate of Mundelein College in Chicago, found time to contribute articles and columns to magazines and newspapers throughout her mothering years. She has authored numerous books and is a member of the Society of Midland Authors. Robert A. Ludwig is Director of University Ministry at Chicago's DePaul University, the author of Reconstructing
Excerpted from An Alley in Chicago: The Life and Legacy of Monsignor John Egan by Margery Frisbie, Robert Ludwig. Copyright © 2002. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
"In a day when many stories about priests are not all that illuminating and edifying, here is a story of a diocesan priest who started with fairly ordinary talents and by the work of the Holy Spirit built them into an extraordinary priestly life. Jack is very close to thousands of souls he has served unstintingly. He has been support and inspiration to many, especially other priests, always far beyond the call of duty, answering the higher call of love, justice, and social concern. "Father Egan-you'll be a better Christian for knowing him, and a better human being after learning of the broad sweep of his humanity. "Jack Egan-a priest for all seasons. May his tribe increase."
-from the Foreword by Theodore Hesburgh, c.s.c., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
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