Any images you may hold of the life of a bishop will never be quite the same after you read Dr. Patrick Foley’s Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans. The life of a missionary bishop, which Jean-Marie Odin was the very embodiment of — was a rough and tumble affair in the American frontier he came to from his native France in the 1830s, and where he served until his death as the Archbishop of New Orleans at the end of the 1860s.
Two books provide insights into suffering and joy from different angles Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom's Story of Finding Faith, Following Love and Feeding a Family by Robin Davis. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2013). 147 pp., $13.95. Stations of the Heart: Parting with a Son by Richard Lischer. Alfred A. Knopf (New York, 2013). 247 pp., $25.
Author finds refreshing balance in assessing a controversial pope The Life and Pontificate of Pope Pius XII: Between History and Controversy by Frank J. Coppa. Catholic University of America Press (Washington, 2013). 306 pp., $29.95.