SURROUNDED BY LOVE: My Family’s Journey through ALS
Words like “family values” are bandied about often these days. Here is a book that reveals what family values really are. It is the story of a family being challenged by ALS attacking afather and being faced by him, his wife and three daughters.
As Roger Schmitz, a professor, Dean and Vice President of the University of Notre Dame, progressed through the debilitation of this relentless disease, he was surrounded by the love of his family and many close friends. This love did not just happen, it was built over a lifetime of closeness, caring about each other with support through life’s tougher moments.
Though Roger lost his brave battle, his family and friends have never forgotten him.
This is a book that teaches, inspires and moves the reader to cherish the people they are given to love even, and especially, in difficult circumstances.
MONK’S NOTRE DAME: People, Places and Events
There is no one better than Monk Malloy to share his reflections about the people, places and events that have shaped Our Lady’s University over the past 60 years. He came to campus as an athlete, then was a seminarian, professor, administrator and President for 18 years. This memoir will instruct readers about significant decisions, people, places and events that have made Notre Dame what it is today. It is simply an exceptional read.
DOING MERCY: A Path to Contemplation
From helping at the Texas border camps to working at Lourdes and taking care of his elderly father, Fr. Corpora shows how each of us can bring mercy to the less fortunate, the forlorn and those who have given up. The rich stories in this book show how each of us can practice mercy and fine the core of all true happiness.
Dreams Never Die ; Poems, Prose Poems and Illustrations
Fee Thomas is a young poet. What comes through her work is heartbeats from a heart that cares and aches, that believes and hopes. Hers is a heart that has been sorely tested, yet survives and still tastes life and its wonders.
DREAMS DON’T DIE is a book to read time and again. It breathes life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fee Thomas lives in North Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was born and raised. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies.
TO STIR THE SOUL:
Spiritual Inspirations from Notre Dame
By Jim Langford
This book is intended to inspire and bring about a rejuvenation of spirit. Habit and everyday life can wear down our faith, hope and love. The readings gathered here are fresh, vivid and helpful gems that
exemplify the ideals of the University of Notre Dame.
“In his latest book, To Stir the Soul, Jim Langford has provided us with a book of magnificent, beautiful and lovely “good nights.” He brings together stories and reflections and poems and writings from many people of different faiths, men and women, living and deceased. Some are well known while others are not so. Jim divides these reflections into the most important topics in this world…faith, hope, love death and life.
“Some of the reflections will make you smile and chuckle. Some of the stories will make you cry and sob. Some of the writings will make you think that the author has been inside of your soul and is talking about you. Some will make you stop and open your eyes and become aware of a reality you never thought about before. These reflections are guaranteed to inspire the reader.
“I wholeheartedly recommend this book. The reader will not be disappointed. On the contrary, the reader will find himself/herself inspired, consoled, challenged and animated in their walk with God.”
From the Foreword by Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C.
ISBN 978-1-7321150-6-4 $16.95
Old Notre Dame: Paul Fenlon, Sorin Hall & Me
By Philip Hicks
Foreword by Rev. Edward A. Malloy, CSC,
President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
Written in the tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, this memoir chronicles the unlikely friendship between a wide-eyed freshman who takes up residence in Notre Dame’s historic Sorin Hall and the courtly professor who has lived there for six decades. Philip Hicks finds in Paul Fenlon a gold mine of information about Sorin, from the graffiti on its attic rafters right down to the fabled ‘Captain’s Corner’ in its basement. Professor Fenlon is one of the legends of Sorin Hall, a beloved teacher with a “genius for friendship”—the very last in a long line of bachelor professors-in-residence.
Old Notre Dame shows how the professor attempts to live out his days in Sorin despite failing health, rambunctious dorm life, and phantom campus figures who would just as soon see him return to his hometown in Pennsylvania. Fenlon struggles heroically—and sometimes comically—to preserve the bachelor-don tradition, his ironclad routines, and his religious faith in the face of a hostile, 1960s-inspired youth culture.
An entertaining conversationalist, Fenlon brings the history of this great Catholic university to life. Here we meet the students, professors, coaches, and priests who have made Notre Dame such a storied institution: gridiron heroes like Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen as well as unforgettable local figures like Father John ‘Pop’ Farley and ‘Colonel’ William Hoynes. With anecdotes that are, by turns, funny, touching, and revealing, this quietly inspirational book transports us to a simpler time in the shadow of the Golden Dome.
Never be Ordinary – Wisdom from My Father
This is a warm and wonderful tribute from a son to his father. But it is more than that; it is a book of wisdom. When the author was growing up, he did not pay close attention to things his father, an ordinary man, said to him. Yet, years later, as he looked back on his life, he realized how much his father’s words really did influence his life. Here, Father Cusick presents some of the key things his father taught him. One of them is to keep your eyes and mind wide open “because by doing so you may experience the presence of a guardian angel…who just might remind you of your dad.”
About the Author
Father John Cusick was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1970 and served as a parish priest at Mary, Seat of Wisdom parish, Park Ridge, IL. He was also a member of the faculty at Niles College of Loyola University, and creator, coordinator and director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was in residence at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago from 1985 until he retired from the active priesthood in 2014. He continues to preside and preach at Sunday Mass at Old St. Pat’s on a monthly basis.
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