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The Catholic Church in the Land of the Holy Cross
by Rev. Vincent A. Lapomarda, S.J.

A history of the diocese of Portland, Maine, The Catholic Church in the Land of the Holy Cross (Les …ditions du Signe), by Rev. Vincent A. Lapomarda, S.J., commemorates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the diocese. In the book, Fr. Lapomarda traces the history of the church in Maine, from the French settlement of St. Croix Island in 1604, through ensuing years of growth and expansion. "I want to express the gratitude of the diocese to Fr. Lapomarda," writes Rev. Joseph J. Gerry, O.S.B., bishop of Portland. "He has certainly captured the challenges and the accomplishments of so many people."

Fr. Lapomarda is an associate professor in the College's history department.

 

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A Marine Corps Boot
by Salvatore J. "Sal" Parlato '53

Written under the pseudonym "Chris Madeira Jr.," A Marine Corps Boot (Infinity Publishing.com), by Salvatore J. "Sal" Parlato '53, is a serio-comic novel that takes place during the Korean Crisis of 1954. Set on infamous Parris Island, and seen through the eyes of a young and naive Marine private, the book is a riotous exposť of boot camp discipline during the Cold War.

Parlato enlisted in the Marines in 1954, trained at Parris Island and served in Japan and Hawaii, attaining the rank of corporal. His previous books include E.S.L. Lite, The E.S.L. Locator, All About English as a Second Language and America From A to Z: An E.S.L. Reader. Currently an English as a second language tutor with Language Intelligence Ltd., he lives with his wife, Dolores Frates, in Rochester, N.Y.

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Seeking God in All Things: Theology and Spiritual Direction
by Rev. William E. Reiser, S.J.

Seeking God in All Things: Theology and Spiritual Direction (Liturgical Press), by Rev. William E. Reiser, S.J., explores what makes the Christian religious experience distinctive. Since not every experience of God bears a Christian imprint, the author questions how a Christian might be able to assist someone who is not Christian in developing his or her interior life.

The author of Forever Faithful: The Unfolding of God's Promise to Creation and Jesus in Solidarity with His People: A Theologian Looks at Mark, Fr. Reiser is a professor in the College's religious studies department. An associate staff member at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, Mass., Fr. Reiser is also involved pastorally and catechetically with the Hispanic community through Casa Santa Maria, a Jesuit residence in Worcester's Main South area.

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Not Till We Are Lost
by William J. Wenthe '79

William J. Wenthe '79 is the author of Not Till We Are Lost (Louisiana State University Press), a new collection of poems. "Measured in both tone and pace, many of the finely crafted poems in Not Till We Are Lost address the loss of place, of loves and family, of understanding, of belief," writes poet Pattiann Rogers of the book. "William Wenthe creates from the aftermath of such loss an engaging poetry of beauty, discovery, sustenance, and, as Thoreau suggests, self-knowledge. Transforming emptiness into a language of music and imagery is a wonder of poetry which Wenthe very capably accomplishes."

Wenthe lives in Lubbock, Texas, where he teaches at Texas Tech University. The poetry editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, he has had his work published in Poetry, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Image and Tar River Poetry, among other journals. Wenthe's previous collection, Birds of Hoboken, was published by Orchises Press in 1995. Twice the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, he also has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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