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Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including "The Archbishop in Andalusia," the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including "Irish Tweed," and "The Cardinal Virtues." He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.

Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the "Chicago Sun-Times" and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to "The New York Times," the "National Catholic Reporter," "America "and "Commonweal," and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.

Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, "Confessions of a Parish Priest" and "Furthermore!"

In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, "The Church in Society," at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.

Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.

Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.

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In The Bishop Goes to University: A Blackie Ryan Story, by the reliably entertaining Andrew M. Greeley, Bishop Ryan looks into a Russian Orthodox monk's murder at the divinity school of the University on Chicago's South Side. A locked-room mystery quickly turns into a tale of spies and international intrigue. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Greeley pokes good-natured fun at the staid University of Chicago--an institution he has been associated with for years--as he interweaves both spiritual and educational topics into another supremely entertaining adventure."--"Booklist"
"Father Greeley always succeeds at penning a fascinating tale, complete with ripe moments of humor and a touch of romance."--"Romantic Times"

Greeley pokes good-natured fun at the staid University of Chicago--an institution he has been associated with for years--as he interweaves both spiritual and educational topics into another supremely entertaining adventure. "Booklist"

Father Greeley always succeeds at penning a fascinating tale, complete with ripe moments of humor and a touch of romance. "Romantic Times""

Once again the indomitable Catholic bishop Ryan "Blackie" Blackwood faces a "locked room" mystery, and listeners who have followed Greeley's slightly irreverent clergyman are in for a treat. A Russian Orthodox priest has been killed in his office at the University of Chicago, and Blackie is called upon to look into the matter discreetly and report back to his superior. The locked-room conundrum is resolved quickly, but Blackie soon finds there is much more involved. The priest had been secretly elected to the Roman Catholic College of Cardinals and also had written a highly inflammatory account of his life, which threatened to unearth events that many people want buried. And there is the slight matter of the body-it's not who Blackie thinks it is. This is a captivating story from an author who knows the intricacies of the Catholic Church. Nick Sullivan, who has narrated all of the Bishop Blackie novels, puts forward another outstanding performance, clearly defining each character with just the right amount of dignity and wry humor. Librarians will find this CD version a popular addition to their collections.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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