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A Man of Mystery

Author: Msgr. Dermot R. Brennan
Copyright: 2009
First Printed: 03-23-2009

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The result of many years of active ministry, numerous hours of prayers, study, and writing on the part of the author, this work offers an answer to the question many ask regarding their parish priest: “What do you priests do from Monday to Saturday each week?” The answer lies in the nature of the calling itself which is a “mystery” on two levels: (1) the sacramental, ritual, teaching ministries and prayer life that flow from the vocation received, and (2) the “mystery” involved in the practical expression of that calling on a day-to-day basic which includes, among a host of other things: counseling, consoling, preaching, visiting the sick and homebound, caring for the poor and the elderly, challenging the youth of the parish, preparing liturgies, administering the sacraments (Baptism, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, the Eucharist and occasionally Confirmation), evangelizing the unchurched, overseeing the parish and school maintenance and upkeep, and you could go on and on. The priest is literally “another Christ” to the persons he is called to serve unreservedly. And while the challenge is great, the rewards are greater still. Hopefully those who read this book will conclude that the life of the parish priest is very fulfilling indeed, thanks to the grace of God, the presence of Christ, and the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.

About the Author: Born in New York City in 1930, Msgr. Dermot Brennan attended Corpus Christi Parochial School, Cathedral College and St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie and was ordained in 1956. His ministry has included teaching for 12 years in archdiocesan high schools, 12 years as an assistant pastor and 25 years as a pastor, 5 at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Mt. Vernon, NY and 20 at St. Patrick’s Parish in Yorktown Heights, NY. He holds a Mater’s Degree in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia U, conducted the music for the papal mass at Yankee Stadium in 1979, has authored a book on using visuals in children’s homilies and performs Magic as a hobby. He is currently retired from parish administration but is still very active in priestly ministry.

Book: 220 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8189-1293-1
Prod. Code: 1293-6

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