In Memoriam: Remembering Fr. Andrew W. Greeley and Vince Flynn

Andrew_GreeleyFr. Andrew M. Greeley Roman Catholic priest, scholar and writer died May 30, 2013 at the age of 85.  Fr. Greeley wrote over 50 bestselling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction including countless articles about Catholic theology, politics and the environment.  He garnered most of his readers from his many novels about Vatican intrigues, immoral priests and middle class Irish Americans.  Some of his more popular novels include The Cardinal Sins, the Nuala Anne McGrail novels including Irish Whiskey and the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels including The Archbishop in Andalusia. His two autobiographies, Confessions of a Parish Priest and Furthermore! were also noteworthy.

Born in 1928 in Oak Park, Illinois, Fr. Greeley was ordained in 1952 after attending St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL.  He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1962 from the University of Chicago.  He donated most of his earning to the Catholic Church and other charities including The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). Priesthood was what held Fr. Greeley’s life together.  “I’m a priest, pure and simple…The other things I do….sociological research, my newspaper columns, the novels I write, are just my way of being a priest.  I decided I wanted to be one when I was a kid growing up on the West Side.  I’ve never wavered or wanted to be anything but.”

vince flynnAuthor Vince Flynn died on June 19, 2013 from prostate cancer at the age of 47.  Flynn was the best-selling author of the hugely popular Mitch Rapp series.  Flynn wrote a total of 15 books all but one, his first, Term Limits, features Mitch Rapp, the undercover CIA Counter Terrorism agent.

Vince Flynn was born in April 1966 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was diagnosed with Dyslexia at age 12.  He received more than 60 rejection letters while trying to publish his first novel Term Limits.  He then decided to self-publish the novel and sold copies out of the trunk of his car.  The character of Mitch Rapp was created in his second book Transfer of Power.  His last book Survivor (book #14 in the Mitch Rapp series) will be published October 2013.

-posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

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