Great American Catholic Eulogies

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9780879464677: Great American Catholic Eulogies

Eulogies have a long and important history in remembering and commemorating the dead. As Thomas Lynch notes in his Foreword, eulogies are meant "to speak for the ages, to bring homage and appreciation, the final appraisal, the last word and first draft of all future biography." In Great American Catholic Eulogies, Carol DeChant has compiled fifty of the most memorable and instructive eulogies, In Memoriam printed tributes, and elegiac poetry of Catholics in America.

The eulogies in Great American Catholic Eulogies span the American experience, from those who were born before the Declaration of Independence was written to a modern sports legend, from pioneers in social justice, healthcare, and the arts to founders of distinctly American religious orders, and from all the varied ethnic cultures who contribute to the great cultural milieu that is the United States. Great American Catholic Eulogies reveals the powerful value of a well-crafted eulogy: It reveals what a particular Catholic life has taught the eulogist.

Those eulogized in this volume include:


  • Chaplain Mychal Judge
  • Mother Katharine Drexel
  • William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Andre Dubus
  • Tim Russert
  • Flannery O Connor
  • Liz Christman
  • Sister Mary Ignatia
  • William F. Buckley
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Dorothy Day
  • Andy Warhol
  • Patricia Neal
  • Joseph Cardinal Bernadin
  • Rosemary Clooney
  • Erma Bombeck
  • Phil Rizzuto
  • Wellington T. Mara
  • Milton Batiste
  • Frederick Hart
  • Elly Chovel
  • Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • Mary K. Meyer
  • Joyce Kilmer

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About the Author:

Carol DeChant is the founder of DeChant-Hughes & Associates, Inc., a national public relations firm serving books and authors (now headed by Kelly Hughes). Her writings have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times and the Miami Herald.

Review:

This inspiring and entertaining
book is an anthology of the
eulogies of a wide swath of
American Catholics, ranging
from the pre-revolutionary
Mother Seton to Patricia Neal
and Ron Santo. It covers saints,
heroes, artists, sport stars, and
ordinary people. While many
of these essays are indeed
what we normally think of as
eulogies, remembrances given at
funerals, some are in fact tributes
given to the person during his
or her lifetime, as is the poem
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote
for Mother Marianne Cope and
gave to her during his sojourn
to Molokai or long after, in the
case of Ronald Reagan s tribute
to JFK more than twenty years
after Kennedy s assassination. A
ten page foreword by Thomas
Lynch, funeral director, essayist,
and poet, provides an overview
of why Catholics, and others,
have eulogized their dead and
why we still need eulogies. He
explains that the Funeral Mass
does not really allow eulogies
(though in some dioceses this has
been amended to allow for one
remembrance of the deceased
before the final commendation),
still, the Church knows that a
death in the family remains one
of life s most teachable moments
(21).
DeChant, in her introduction
states that what she found in
common was a theme of What
this Catholic life has taught
me. The work is divided into
six parts based on the eulogized
and eulogizer Heroes, Family,
Friends, Artists, Those Who
Served Us, and Those Who
Showed Us the Way, plus a poetry section and one on the unknown
child. Each eulogy is introduced
by a short explanation of the
event. The collection is followed
by notes (my one quibble is that
the notes are not marked at all in
the text), credits and permissions,
and questions for book discussion
groups. Sixteen of the eulogies are
also available as a three CD set
read by professional actors. This
book would make a nice gift for
those interested in spirituality
or Catholic history and is
recommended for parish, college,
and seminary libraries. --Melody Layton McMahon- Catholic Library World

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