New edition of Basil Moreau biography marks beatification

Author: Michael O. Garvey


A new edition ofBasil Moreau:Founder of Holy Cross,a 1962 biography by the late religious journalist Gary MacEoin, has been published by Ave Maria Press.

The Venerable Basil Anthony Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the priests, brothers and sisters of the Congregation of Holy Cross, will be beatified in Le Mans, France, on Sept. 15. In celebration of the event, Ave Maria Press, a Holy Cross ministry, is presenting MacEoins Moreau biography as the first in a series of books on the Congregations history and spirituality.

Gary MacEoin’s biography of Father Moreau appears at a most appropriate time, when many, even many of us who know Father Moreau, want to learn more about his life and contribution to the Church and society,said Notre Dames president Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C.

MacEoin, who died in 2003 at the age of 94, was a tireless and passionate journalist particularly well known and admired for his reporting on the plight of the Catholic Church in the Third World.After nearly half a century, his written portrait of Father Moreau remains fresh and compelling, vividly reflecting the struggles of the 19th century French churchman from his childhood in post-revolutionary France, where he was baptized by a fugitive priest with a price on his head to the often painful role he played as founder of an often turbulent religious community whose ministries eventually included the University of Notre Dame.

The book also poignantly portrays Moreau’s ability to embrace the Cross as the gift of Hope so central to the mission of his fledgling Congregation,said Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., provincial superior of the Indiana Province of Holy Cross.

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