In this memoir, Fr. Val A. McInnes tells the story of his life as a Dominican friar. It is a personal story, full of light hearted anecdotes. But there is a real significance for the wider church in the story he tells - of faith, commitment, and dedication to a long-held dream. It's all here: service to the Church, the university community, his own faith story and how it relates to the lives of others. The Resurrection Fern grows on the upper side of the branches of live oak trees in the southern part of the United States, especially in Louisiana and Alabama. It flourishes in the wet season and dies in the dry season. However, as soon as the rains come again, the fern sprouts up with new life and vitality.
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Very Rev. Val A. McInnes, OP, PhD, Chair of the Judeo-Christian Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, has spent his career in university and pastoral duties all of his Dominican life. He is a member of the Southern Dominican Province and has held both academic and pastoral positions at King's College, in the University of Western Ontario and previously at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul/Minneapolis. He is the founding pastor of the University Community of St. Thomas More and has taught as adjunct professor in the Tulane School of Medicine, a course in Human Values and Decision Making in Medicine for over 20 years, and University College at Tulane on such subjects as Introduction to Sacred Scripture, the Life and Works of Thomas Merton, and Teilhard de Chardin. Besides his academic interests, he has been widely involved with the arts as a member of the Advisory Board of the Vatican Museums, President of the Louisiana Council for Music and Performing Arts, Co-Founder of the Louisiana Renaissance Religion and the Arts. Ecumenically speaking, he has promoted dialog among different Christian denominations as well as with the Jewish community. He is the Senior Chaplain for the only Ecumenical Order, the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. For four years, he was the homiletics professor at Notre Dame Seminary. Presently, he lives in New Orleans at the Priory of St. Dominic.Review:
"Though I have known Fr. Val for many years, I had no idea of the scope and variety of his life and ministry. This outstanding Dominican priest has written an utterly fascinating memoir drawn from a life of dedication through his Dominican Order, the university and the Church. You will smile and you will laugh. You will be so moved and enriched as you turn the pages of Resurrection Fern, you will not be able to put it down." --Sr. Briege McKenna, O.S.C.
"Revealing, touching and humorous stories of one of God's inspiring preachers and teachers. Something for young and old alike." --Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans
"What a life Father McInnes has lived! He has hobnobbed with movie stars and moguls along with popes and paupers, and he has fascinating stories to tell about them all. A scholar, an artist, an ecumenist and a builder of institutions, Father McInnes remains fundamentally a preacher. In this memoir we understand how, ablaze with love, he has throughout his varied and interesting life brought the Word to the People of God." --Cokie Roberts, author and news analyst, ABC and National Public Radio
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