Many Call Me Father, But My Kids Call Me Dad: The Life Story of a Married Catholic Priest

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AuthorHouse, Feb 16, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages

This book was never intended to be a theological study of the Roman Catholic priesthood. Nor does it attempt to explain the moral, doctrinal, and disciplinary philosophy of a Church now struggling to locate a compass that will help re-discover its leadership and restore its relevance in the modern world.

Rather, it is the story of a man who has experienced both priesthood and parenthood and who has diligently searched for the resolution of both., as he has journied from seminary to ordination; from subsequent departure to marriage and parenthood; from government service to bed and breakfast hospitality…. And finally, full circle, to a return to active ministry … a priesthood devoted to the Catholic “diaspora.”

This book is a reflection on a “road less traveled” rather than a schorlarly treatise.

Hopefully, it will help those who read it to better understand both the high expectations as well as the pitfalls in trying to be a full human being.

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About the author (2007)

“Jim” Lovejoy is a married Roman Catholic priest. He will always be a priest, whether it be as a celibate clergyman in a midwestern Catholic diocese for 15 years, or as a husband, father, and grandfather for the past 36 years. He has always tried to provide spiritual service to others: to students and faculty on a State campus; to the military services as a Race Relations instructor and education advisor; to guests at his and his wife’s Bed & Breakfast on the coast of Maine, and for the past 5 years as a member of a married priest organization, C.I.T.I., a society of Christ’s priesthood dedicated to serving those who have been disenfranchised from the institutional Church, but who still hunger for the Faith they have never abandoned.

Nearing his 80th year of life, Jim has “miles to go and much to do before he sleeps.”


He welcomes critics, but only God can be his Judge.

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