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Write By the Rails Blog Spot- Patricia Daly-Lipe!


Strategic Media Books has published Patricia Daly-Lipe’s sixth book, Patriot PriestThe Story of Monsignor William A. Hemmick, The Vatican’s First American Canon. His remarkable life and extraordinary experiences over several epochs give the reader a new personal perspective on history from WWI and WWII to the post-war era of the ’50s and 60s. During his long life, Msgr. William interacted with some of the most notable movers and shakers of modern times, including Pope Pius X, Pope Benedict XV, Pope Pius XI, Pope Pius XII, Marshall Foch, artist Simon Elwes, Sir Shane Leslie, F. Scott Fitzgerald (who was once his student) and so many other notables of that era.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but raised in Europe, William A Hemmick became fluent in five languages. Returning to the United States, upon completion of his studies at Catholic University, he was ordained by Cardinal Gibbons in 1911. Briefly, he taught at the Newman School where one of his students was F. Scott Fitzgerald. But when the First World War broke out, Father William felt committed to return to Europe and help the troops. After the war, the U.S. Army and Navy proclaimed him the “Patriot Priest of Picardy.”
After years spent in Paris between the wars, where he established and ran the American Catholic Welfare Centre for all those who had been traumatized by the war, the Vatican asked Father William to come to Rome. Ultimately, he became a Monsignor and the only American Canon of St. Peter’s Basilica representing the Knights of Malta to the Holy See. It was he who performed the nuptials of American film star Tyrone Power and Linda Christian. He also converted the future Queen Astrid of Belgium.

This book also explores the causes of the two world wars, the creativity in Paris between the wars, the correspondence of Sir Winston Churchill, the speeches of President Roosevelt, Hitler, and the plight of Mussolini as well as the miracle at Fatima and the life of Albert Schweitzer.

History is meant to record mankind’s progress and, sadly, man’s regression. It is the author’s hope to fulfill the obligation of recording without bias the history of the western world as experienced by one brave and inspiring man named Monsignor Hemmick.

There is a relevancy of past history to the present. It lies in an understanding of historical processes, recognizing them, and thus gaining the wisdom to interpret the same processes in today’s world. We are not an island in time but rather the summation of all that happened to mankind in the past.

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