Recommended Reading

HNP Communications Around the Province

HNP Today occasionally provides suggestions of publications that may be of interest to readers of this newsletter and their friends and colleagues.

Below are brief descriptions of two books.

Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (2009 Orbis Books) by Fr. Bryan N. Massingale is recommended by Neil O’Connell, OFM, a member of the HNP African Ancestry Committee and campus minister at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City. Neil said he read the book, by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee priest, staff member at Marquette University and the Institute of Black Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans, and past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, while cooped up during Hurricane Sandy last fall. He weighs the limited statements on racial justice of the Catholic hierarchy of the United States and finds them wanting, according to Neil. Fr. Massingale proposes that the non-privileged, especially those who are black and Latin American Catholics, should work together in creating a true agenda of Catholic racial justice.

Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 47 (2013 The Christophers) by the Christophers has been suggested by William Bried, OFM, of St. Stephen of Hungary Church in New York City. He says he is often asked for recommendations for a daily devotional, and likes to suggest, among other books, Three Minutes a Day. “I believe the Christophers put out a new volume each year,” he said in the parish’s March 10 bulletin. As the title suggests, the book is a quick daily read, filled with stories and reflections for each day of the year.

The HNP Communications Office welcomes emails from readers who would like to suggest a book or periodical. Themes that are relevant to friars and partners-in-ministry — in addition to spirituality and news of the Catholic Church — include topics affiliated with Holy Name Province committees and directorates: evangelization, vocations, justice and peace, wellness, African-American and Hispanic ministries, and young adults.

 Compiled by Wendy Healy