Recommended Reading

HNP Communications Features

NEW YORK — Several books about a variety of topics have been suggested as resources that may interest newsletter readers. HNP Today occasionally provides recommendations of publications that are relevant to friars as well as to their partners in ministry.

books4Below are brief descriptions of two books provided by various sources:

Doers of the Word: Putting Your Faith into Practice by Timothy Dolan (Our Sunday Visitor, 2009) is the book of the month of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Manhattan. According to the Oct. 10 parish bulletin, the book, written by the archbishop of New York, shares a unique combination of simplicity, practicality, and guidance to give our faith a daily dose of meaning and application. No matter our agenda for the day of the week, Archbishop Dolan masterfully combines insightful commentary and personal stories with snippets of church history, lives of the saints, and Catholic teaching to inspire holiness through the details daily details of ordinary life.”

Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal by Greg Erlandson and Matthew Bunson (Our Sunday Visitor, 2010) was reviewed recently by Julie Asher of the Catholic News Service. The authors review the pope’s work as a priest and theologian, his year heading the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and the “pivotal and personal role” he has played in the Church’s response to the abuse scandal, according to the review that appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of New Catholic Books and Media.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown Publishing, 2010) is the 2010-2011 All Bonaventure Reads selection. Lacks was a poor southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine, according to an announcement from St. Bonaventure University about the author’s Sept. 29 lecture on campus. All Bonaventure Reads, launched in 2006, is the cornerstone of SBU’s University 101 course. While it is required reading for all incoming students, many other courses adopt the text, and the entire campus community is invited to read the book and participate in campus-wide events.

The HNP Communications Office welcomes e-mails from readers who would like to suggest a book or periodical and asks that a short description of the material be provided. The themes of these recommendations are, in addition to spirituality and news of the Catholic Church, are topics affiliated with Holy Name Province committees and directorates: evangelization, justice and peace, African-American and Hispanic ministries, communications, wellness and fraternal life.

Editor’s note: Recommendations of books and publications can be shared with HNP Today readers by e-mailing information to They can also be posted on the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province Facebook page.