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  • Evelyn McLean Brady, Author
  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: NFB Publishing (March 4, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1732698155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1732698154
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches


Now, when celibacy for Roman Catholic priests is being questioned as never before,Evelyn McLean Brady shares a memoir of her own lived experience. Based on her journals andFather Hugh Brady’s love letters written from 1965-1970, Evelyn intimately chronicles theinterior conflict between her desire to become a Catholic nun to “live only for God to serveothers” and the unexpected attraction she feels for the handsome, charismatic Father Brady.When this novice and priest finally confess their feelings for each other, the mystery of humanlove unfolds, as do tests and trials they could not have imagined. The tension between Evelynand her mother also adds unexpected turns and detours to the tale. In the tradition of Abelard andHeloise and St. Francis and St. Clare, this is a love story of two celibates who desire to followthe ways of God yet are lured by the pull of the human heart.


"Amidst the mistrust surrounding the Catholic clergy comes a book of uncommon beauty. EvelynMcLean Brady’s personal chronicle of celibacy, love and sex is stunning in its revelations,surprising in its intimacy and profound in its depiction of spiritual paradox within an unusualhuman dilemma."

-Karen Brady Borland (no relation), journalist and book reviewer, The Buffalo News


"…stunning … a truly compelling style and voice. …reaches the depths of humanexperience." --Christin Lore Webber, award winning author


"An articulate and exquisite blend of prose and poetry which conveys to the reader an honest,turbulent and personal journey of conscience for two people who fall in love and are committedto celibacy. This is an historical treasure from twentieth century Catholic Church history duringthe years following Vatican II."

-Millie Dosh. (CORPUS)


"Stepping into The Nun and the Priest is a bit like stepping into a labyrinth. You start at a knownpoint, but are taken into twists and turns, not knowing where the path might lead. The reader canbe sure of only one thing: these two people want to dwell in God's love as they walk together."

-Paula Voell, journalist, The Buffalo News (retired)


"The Nun and the Priest will deeply enrich peoples’ lives as they are drawn into a story of apowerful and lasting human love and deeply moving faith."

-Beryl Singleton Bissel, awardwinning author

The Nun and the Priest: Love, Celibacy & Passion

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