by Father Joseph Lorenzo, OFM
While pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Derry, New Hampshire, Father Joseph Lorenzo penned a weekly column for the church bulletin called "The View From My Window.
These funny, touching, and inspiring essays were a cornerstone to his
ministry, meant to guide his
flock of nearly 10,000 toward a deeper understanding of the role of the Church and as a rededication to building up the Kingdom of God on Earth.
Through heartwarming and often humorous homilies and recollections, Father Joe
regales us with tales of growing up in an Italian Family, his
experience of life in a Franciscan friary, his
travels to the Holy Land, and his
desire to rebuild a Catholic parish much in need of spiritual and physical repair.
Father Joseph "Joe" Lorenzo, a Franciscan priest, is a native of Brooklyn, New York.
He has served as pastor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Derry, New Hampshire.
He is currently pastor of the Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua in the SoHo section of Manhattan, New York City.
Father Joseph Lorenzo's
, "View From My Window," is a wonderful collection of thoughts and personal recognitions.
humor, to the serious moments, to his
journey that led him to where he
is now, I thoroughly enjoyed every single word.
shares deeply personal thoughts about his
thousands of parishioners, his
family, friends, and most importantly, his
I was fascinated by the fact that before I read this, I didn't have a clue who this man was, or that he
even existed; however, after reading his
insightful, loving, warm, humorous, heartfelt "view," I truly believe I would know him anywhere.
Not being Catholic, I thought for sure I would be bored reading this book, but I have never been more mistaken about anything.
has given me new insight into a religion that I never understood.
Father Joe Lorenzo, OFM
St. Anthony Church
154 Sullivan Street
New York NY 10012
You definitely got the impression that Fr. Lorenzo
Church, and his
tells a good story all while getting his
spiritual message across.
Highly recommend this read to all!
The author, Fr. Joseph Lorenzo, shares his experiences and insights on being a pastor in a large Catholic parish, a Franciscan Friar and Priest.
I loved his
great ability to tell his
church's story, often in a funny way with anecdotes about his
Italian family, his
parishioners, and his
I found the messages in his
reproduced weekly messages to his
parishioners very refreshing and often moving without being preachy and not the least condescending.
knows how to keep your interest and is very down to earth in the running of the business aspects as well as the spiritual aspects of his
parish in New Hampshire.
You follow the progression of his
parishioners, and community over a period years under his
leadership and it makes you wish you were part of a congregation such as what he
describes, no matter what church/faith you belong to.
I highly recommend this book!!