Books and films – a small selection
Praying for Vocations
This is a wonderfully produced Rosary for Vocations, and copies have been sent to every parish. If you would like further copies – free of charge – please contact Fr Graham.
The Church of Mercy, Pope Francis, March 2014
Mercy has been a major theme of Pope Francis Pontificate, and this book collects some of the key passages, documents and quotes from Pope Francis, presented with a foreword by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. It is a wonderful read for anyone discerning vocation, for mercy is at the heart of whatever and whoever we are called to be. The book is published by Darton, Longmann and Todd.
Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergolio. Sergio Rubin and Francesco Ambrogetti
“His life in his own words.” This fascinating book, first published in 2009 and translated into English in 2013, offers a wonderful insight into the new Pope, through conversations that he had while a Cardinal in Buenos Aires. Fr Graham has copies – please contact him if you would like one.
Priests for the Third Millennium, Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Timothy Dolan is Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, and before that he was Rector of the North American College (NAC) in Rome. His book offers reflection and challenge about what it means to live Priesthood in the 21st Century, and brings together a series of talks that he gave at the NAC leading up to the Jubilee Year, 2000.
Missioners: Priests and People today, Archbishop Vincent Nichols
Archbishop Vincent brings together a collection of sermons that he has preached at Ordinations over many years. This book is full of beautiful insights about Priesthood in different contexts.
Tears at Night; Joy at Dawn: Journal of a dying seminarian. Andrew Robinson
Andrew was a seminarian at Oscott College when he was diagnosed with cancer. This astonishing and moving book tells his story, and provides powerful witness to strength of faith in the most desolate of circumstances. The story is told with humour, honesty and courage.
Priests of Jesus Christ. Pope Benedict XVI.
Sadly out of print, but if you can find a copy it is well worth a read. Pope Benedict shares some profound insights about Priesthood, in this two volume work.
The Catholic Priest: Answering God's Call
Released in November 2009, this book has been published by The Catenian Association, and is available from your Parish Priest, or from Fr Graham. This short book offers helpful insights into contemporary Diocesan Priesthood.
A wonderful book by Michael Hollings, who came to Priesthood after time in the army during World War Two, and served as a Diocesan Priest for many decades including time as Chaplain to the University of Oxford. In this book he is open about his struggles as a Priest; the great warmth, humour and passion of his ministry also shines through.
Priesthood in Reality
Another inspiring look at Diocesan priesthood, with a mix of humour, prayer and well earthed stories from a Priest who has now celebrated fifty years of Priesthood. Mgr Tony Philpot is a Priest of the Diocese of East Anglia, and has also served as International Director of the Jesus Caritas movement, and Spiritual Director of the Venerable English College, Rome.
Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII
This book offers a beautiful and profound insight into the Pope who convened the Second Vatican Council, and who lived a life that was a powerful witness to social justice. It includes chapters on his young life, and his reflections on his journey to Priesthood.
Witness to Hope
George Weigel's definitive biography of Pope John Paul II. Although most of the book concentrates on his time as Pope, there is much within this massive work which gives a great depth of understanding of Pope John Paul IIs Priesthood.
A film produced in America which shows a wonderful diversity of ways to live Priesthood and raises some excellent discernment questions.