This is the cover of "New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude & the Works!" by Patrick McNamara. The book is reviewed by Rachelle Linner. (CNS)
"New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude & the Works!" by Patrick McNamara. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2014). 210 pp., $24.
Patrick McNamara, lifelong New York Catholic, historian and teacher, has written a wonderful tribute to the uniqueness and vitality of a most distinctive Catholic milieu.
"New York Catholics" is imbued with love, respect and admiration for the abundant generosity of 42 historical and 34 contemporary Catholics. McNamara's subjects -- administrators and journalists, priests and bishops, contemplative nuns and lay activists -- illustrate the manifold ways the gifts of the Holy Spirit are used to build up the church.
There is an expansive, exuberant and ecumenical sensibility to New York Catholicism that is evident in the lives of people profiled in these pages. These two- to three-page essays are not generic litanies of accomplishments, controversies and motivations. Instead, McNamara's succinct and richly textured narratives manage to convey the context, and complexity, of a person's life and commitments.
This book illustrates the depth of New York Catholicism and the sheer pleasure people take in being part of this community.