Friday Fun Facts: Priest and Writer

On this day in 1928, Andrew Greeley was born in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1954, he became a Catholic priest. He was 26 years old.

While teaching sociology at the University of Chicago, he wrote nonfiction books. Then in 1978, he wrote a short story entitled “Ms. Carpenter.” It was about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and took first place in the Catholic Press Association’s short story contest.

The first fiction book he wrote was The Irish Cup, an Irish Legend. His books that followed include Cardinal Sins, Thy Brother’s Wife, Angels of September, Wages of Sin and Irish Gold.

Although his books contained sexual content, according to, he said that he “attempted to portray real life, while subtly demonstrating the influence and power of religion.”

His successful writing, including more than 100 nonfiction books, earned him a significant amount of money. He donated most of it charity.

He passed away in 2013.


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