James Michael Liston: A Life

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Victoria University Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 412 pages
A full and richly illustrated biography of one of the most important figures in the history of New Zealand, this study presents James Michael Liston's work within the New Zealand church and his huge contribution to its growth and development. A Catholic priest for 72 years and the leader of New Zealand's most populous Catholic diocese for more than half a century, Liston's entire life is dissected, including details on the national and international honors he received as well as the more controversial aspects of his career--from his commitment to the cause of Irish independence to the mounting tensions that resulted from his conservative opinions.
 

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I have been researching my Irish Ancestors, the Sullivan Family, and I was alerted to the connection with James Michael Liston. This book gave me a wonderful account of the life not only of James, but also a background of both of his parents and his siblings which I have found invaluable. A well written book, giving an in depth look at the behind the scenes of the Catholic Church not only in NZ, but in other countries too!
I felt Bishop Liston was a man of the future, and surprisingly he could relate to the poor and the ill, and was headstrong in educating people whether of Catholic faith or not. Yes, he was definitely opinionated, but his entire life was to Serve God in what ever capacity he could maintain.
An excellent read, and the author is to be congratulated on his endeavour to present the entire story through hours of historical research!
 

Contents

Illustrations
7
YOUNG LISTON 18811904
23
Education Seminaries and Priestly Formation
36
Liston as Teacher at Mosgiel
50
The Sectarian Setting
63
COADJUTOR AT WORK 192029
84
Publicist for Catholic Causes
97
THE LESSER TRIAL 1922
110
The Bishop and his Clergy
183
THE PUBLIC FIGURE 193054
204
The Bishops Politics The Labour Connection
219
James Michael Liston and John Alexander Lee
234
The Archbishop and his Diocese
247
Health and the Appointment of an Auxiliary
263
The Changing Laity
277
Grand Old Man
293

THE GREATER TRIAL 192329
127
Significance of Clearys Indictment
148
CHURCHMAN AT WORK 193054
162
AFTERWORD
312
Note On Sources
388
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Nicholas Reid is a teaching fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

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