Vows - The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and Their Son-logo

Vows - The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and Their Son

Peter Manseau

The 1950s was a boom time for the Catholic Church in America, with large families of devout members providing at least one son or daughter for a life of religious service. Boston was at the epicenter of this explosion, and Bill Manseau and Mary Doherty - two eager young parishioners from different towns - became part of a new breed of clergy, eschewing the comforts of homey parishes and choosing instead to minister to the inner-city poor. Peter Manseau's riveting evocation of his parents' parallel childhoods, their similar callings, their experiences in the seminary and convent, and how they met while tending to the homeless of Roxbury during the riot-prone 1960s is a page-turning meditation on the effect that love can have on profound faith. Once married, the Manseaus continued to fight for Father Bill's right to serve the church as a priest, and it was into this situation that Peter and his siblings were born and raised to be good Catholics while they witnessed their father's personal conflict with the church's hierarchy. A multigenerational tale of spirituality, Vows also charts Peter's own calling, one which he tried to deny even as he felt compelled to consider the monastic life, toying with the idea of continuing a family tradition that stretches back over 300 years of Irish and French Catholic priests and nuns. It is also in Peter's deft hands that we learn about a culture and a religion that has shaped so much of American life, affected generations of true believers, and withstood great turmoil. Vows is a compelling tale of one family's unshakable faith that to be called is to serve, however high the cost may be.

The 1950s was a boom time for the Catholic Church in America, with large families of devout members providing at least one son or daughter for a life of religious service. Boston was at the epicenter of this explosion, and Bill Manseau and Mary Doherty - two eager young parishioners from different towns - became part of a new breed of clergy, eschewing the comforts of homey parishes and choosing instead to minister to the inner-city poor. Peter Manseau's riveting evocation of his parents' parallel childhoods, their similar callings, their experiences in the seminary and convent, and how they met while tending to the homeless of Roxbury during the riot-prone 1960s is a page-turning meditation on the effect that love can have on profound faith. Once married, the Manseaus continued to fight for Father Bill's right to serve the church as a priest, and it was into this situation that Peter and his siblings were born and raised to be good Catholics while they witnessed their father's personal conflict with the church's hierarchy. A multigenerational tale of spirituality, Vows also charts Peter's own calling, one which he tried to deny even as he felt compelled to consider the monastic life, toying with the idea of continuing a family tradition that stretches back over 300 years of Irish and French Catholic priests and nuns. It is also in Peter's deft hands that we learn about a culture and a religion that has shaped so much of American life, affected generations of true believers, and withstood great turmoil. Vows is a compelling tale of one family's unshakable faith that to be called is to serve, however high the cost may be.
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The 1950s was a boom time for the Catholic Church in America, with large families of devout members providing at least one son or daughter for a life of religious service. Boston was at the epicenter of this explosion, and Bill Manseau and Mary Doherty - two eager young parishioners from different towns - became part of a new breed of clergy, eschewing the comforts of homey parishes and choosing instead to minister to the inner-city poor. Peter Manseau's riveting evocation of his parents' parallel childhoods, their similar callings, their experiences in the seminary and convent, and how they met while tending to the homeless of Roxbury during the riot-prone 1960s is a page-turning meditation on the effect that love can have on profound faith. Once married, the Manseaus continued to fight for Father Bill's right to serve the church as a priest, and it was into this situation that Peter and his siblings were born and raised to be good Catholics while they witnessed their father's personal conflict with the church's hierarchy. A multigenerational tale of spirituality, Vows also charts Peter's own calling, one which he tried to deny even as he felt compelled to consider the monastic life, toying with the idea of continuing a family tradition that stretches back over 300 years of Irish and French Catholic priests and nuns. It is also in Peter's deft hands that we learn about a culture and a religion that has shaped so much of American life, affected generations of true believers, and withstood great turmoil. Vows is a compelling tale of one family's unshakable faith that to be called is to serve, however high the cost may be.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrick Lawlor

Length:

13h 1m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

04:00


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:36


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:53


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:48


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:14


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:11


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:55


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:11


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:18


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:59


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:11


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:05


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:01


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:50


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:55


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:28


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:00


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:51


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:03


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:47


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:51


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:01


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:06


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:52


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:41


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:54


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:04


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:31


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:25


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:01


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:11


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:29


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:10


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:20


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:14


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:22


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:02


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:21


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:05


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:26


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:05


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:00


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:02


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:41


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:58


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:46


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:56


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:53


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:01


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:37


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:55


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:48


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:53


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:43


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:49


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:43


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:27


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:04


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:38


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:48


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:58


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:40


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:43


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:44


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:03


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:03


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:52


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:08


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:00


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:56


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:55


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:10


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:57


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:51


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:56


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:16


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:46


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:18


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:21


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:01


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:12


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:56


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:10


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:51


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:53