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I alone have escaped to tell you : my life and pastimes
McInerny, Ralph, 1929-2010.
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Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, [2006]

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167 pages ; 24 cm
Reflections in a golden I -- Biosphere -- Spoiled priest -- Paterfamilias -- Europe -- Author -- Learning how to die -- Notre Dame -- Vatican II -- Editor and publisher -- International Catholic University -- On the banks of the mainstream.
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PS3563.A31166 Z46 2006 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You , Ralph McInerny--distinguished scholar, mystery writer, editor, publisher, and family man--delivers a thoroughly engaging memoir. In the course of his recollections, McInerny describes his childhood in Minnesota; his grammar school and seminary education, with his decision to leave the path toward ordination; his marriage to his beloved Connie and their active family life and travels; and his life as a fiction writer. We learn of his career as a Catholic professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, his views on the Catholic Church, his experiences as an editor and publisher of Catholic magazines and reviews, his involvement with the International Catholic University, and his thoughts on other Catholic writers. Part homage to his academic home for the last half century and part appreciation of the many significant friendships he has fostered over his life, McInerny's reminiscences beautifully convey his lively interest in the world and his gift for friendship and collegiality.

Written in his characteristically elegant style, by turns charming, poignant, humorous, and revealing, I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You will delight McInerny's many devoted readers.

Author Notes

Ralph McInerny was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 24, 1929. He served in the Marine Corps in the late 1940s. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Paul Seminary in 1951, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1952 and a doctorate in philosophy from Laval University in Quebec in 1954. He was a member of the University of Notre Dame faculty from 1955 until 2009. He gained international renown as a scholar, author and lecturer who specialized in the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. During his academic career, he was the Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame. He is founder and publisher of Catholic Dossier magazine and co-founder of Crisis magazine.

His philosophical works include Aquinas on Human Action, The Question of Christian Ethics, and Aquinas and Analogy. His novels include the Father Dowling Mystery series, an Andrew Broom Mystery series, and the Sister Mary Teresa Mystery series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Harry Austin, Matthew FitzRalph, Ernan Mackey, Edward Mackin, and Monica Quill. He died on January 29, 2010 at the age of 80.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

1 Reflections in a Golden Ip. 1
2 Biospherep. 5
3 Spoiled Priestp. 13
4 Paterfamiliasp. 27
5 Europep. 37
6 Authorp. 55
7 Learning How to Diep. 81
8 Notre Damep. 107
9 Vatican IIp. 121
10 Editor and Publisherp. 135
11 International Catholic Universityp. 151
12 On the Banks of the Mainstreamp. 161