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  • By Richard Bencriscutto
    Jun 23, 2011
    These reviews were written by the person indicated, sent to the author, and posted by Richard Bencriscutto, Dolores Williams' editor & publisher. Rev. Matthew Gottschalk, O.F.M. Cap., Director of Milwaukee's House of Peace, dated Monday, August 31 , 2009: "What a remarkable and appreciated accomplishment you achieved in SAINT BENEDICT THE MOOR: A LEGACY REVISITED! You did your homework well. Your semantic clarifications in the introduction keep history in perspective. The "Witness to History" provides a nostalgic lesson in the importance of faith and the power of memory in shaping individual lives. Thanks. "The timing is important because later this coming month I have to conduct a workshop with our Capuchin postulants on the History of Black Catholics in Milwaukee. Your legacy review is exciting and helpful...The book will remain among my most treasured possessions." Very Rev. John Celchowski, OFM Cap, Provincial Minister, dated September 11, 2009:... More > "I write to thank you and commend your work in publishing Saint Benedict the Moor: A Legacy Revisited, which I was able to purchase through In producing this book you have performed a valuable service not only to the memory of the students, parents, sisters and friars who were part of the first sixty years of the history of what has more recently come to be known as "St. Ben's," you have also done a valuable ministry for the Church. "As you rightly point out in your book, history is not just a collection of names, dates, and other facts; it is also a matter of narrative and perspective. St. Benedict the Moor: A Legacy Revisited, like Fr. Cyprian Davis' accounts in History of Black Catholics in the United States, brings an essential and corrective perspective to much of the history that had previously been written about St. Benedict the Moor Mission and School. That earlier history was incomplete and, sadly too often infected with ignorance, racism, sexism, and a lack of appreciation for the gifts of the laity. For that we friars can only repent and resolve -and act-to change. "In reading this history-particularly in light of my own experiences as a priest serving in Black Catholic parishes in Washington, DC, Chicago, and Milwaukee {including St. Benedict the Moor (2000-2004)} - I was both comforted by how far we in the Roman Catholic Church and Capuchin Order have come and chastened by how much further we have to go. The Lord has indeed "brought us a mighty long way." I have faith and hope that he will continue to do so. "Please know that a copy of your book will be place in our Provincial Archives so that future generations of friars and researchers will be able to benefit from your scholarship and especially from the voices of all the St. Benedict the Moor alumni who contributed." Mr. Alvin B. Jackson, a former student of St. Benedict's and a retired teacher in the Detroit public school system, dated 11/22/09: "Your history book of Saint Benedict the Moor expelled many beliefs, myths, and misconceptions I had about our great school. "I appreciate your truthful pertinent understanding concerning the history of our school. "A job well done. Thanks for the memories." Rev. Reginald J. Kellogg, O.F.M. Conv., a former student at St. Benedict's, dated August 10, 2009: "I have just finished reading SBTM_A Legacy Revisited, from cover to cover! Dolores, Alleluia! Sia locadato Gesu Cristo! PTL! Whatever praises, it is greatly inadequate for the love, labor and the perseverance you've spent in bringing this to fruition. You've done a very great service for those of us of the Diaspora and legacists of St. Benedict the Moor." Bill Lange, a current parishioner of St. Benedict the Moor Church, dated August 5, 2009: "Thank you for your wonderful book St. Benedict the Moor a Legacy Revisited. It is especially valuable because it records the comments of those who actually lived the history..."< Less
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First Edition
Heritage Press
February 19, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.41 lbs.
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8.5 wide x 11 tall
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