Fr. Greely is known to most people as a writer – and he wrote, and wrote, and wrote, sometimes to thunderous applause, and other times to thunderous condemnation and outrage. The bottom line is Fr. Greely was a writer who loved the church, his Irish heritage, and above all his priesthood: “I’m a priest,” he wrote in his 1986 memoir, Confessions of a Parish Priest. “Not a priest-sociologist or a priest-journalist, or a priest-novelist, or any multiple variation of those hyphenates. I’m a priest, a parish priest. The other things I do in life: sociological research, journalistic writing, storytelling, are merely my way of being a priest.” Fr. Greely died this week at 85 years of age. Let us remember him in our prayers and at Mass this weekend.
The New York Times – a link to a lengthy article on Fr. Greeliy: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/us/andrew-m-greeley-outspoken-priest-dies-at-85.html?_r=0
Fr. Greely wrote many articles for America Magazine over the years. The magazine has made available a selection of these articles for free at the following link:
Commonweal Article and links on his life and death: http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/fr-andrew-m-greeley-rip
ADDED ON JUNE 1, 2013. A moving tribute by Author and Publisher Michael Leach (Friend of Fr. Greely): “I will always remember just one: the priest who encouraged me 50 years ago and whose kindnesses never stopped.” Read Tribute