A Quote worth remembering:
"It should be no surprise that when rich men take control of the government, they pass laws that are favorable to themselves. The surprise is that those who are not rich vote for such people, even though they should know from bitter experience that the rich will continue to rip off the rest of us." Andrew Greeley (Chicago Sun-Times, February 18, 2001)
There's definitely a special place in heaven for you! We need more priests like you! My faith has been strengthened because of your writings. God bless you.
God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand. Rest in peace.
God Bless you Fr. Greeley. May you rest in peace and good humor. I have spent many a happy moment reading the adventures of Fionnuala Anne Mcgrail thank you for all your wit and wisdom. Tara
So sorry of your loss. My the God of peace be with the family and comfort you. A.E.
A fan for years. Great POSITIVE stories. The great ones all leave us eventually. Convinced we'd be better with more priests like him.
William Bobzien, MD, Holy Cross College '65
So sad about the death of Fr Greeley who has helped me hang onto my faith. Loved your books and wish I had known you in life. Rest in Peace, Fr Andrew.
I am still and always will be a Catholic because of Father Greeley's great wisdom, gifted ability to communicate the truths of our faith and his gift as a storyteller and parish priest to the world! God give him love, peace and the awareness of how much good he did for our world! I too, hope to see the cause for sainthood opened soon!
To the Greeley family, my sincere condolences for your great loss.
Much has been written of Father Greeley's keen intellect, of his astounding work as a writer and a scholar, but if he was your priest, as he was mine as a young parishioner in Christ the King, the part of him that was an intellectual wasn't what made him a great gift to us. When he gave you his attention, and he lavished it on us, it was his generous and loving heart that ignited us. And who among us kids in the parish understood the demands he was juggling as a graduate student at UC and as a writer beginning a very prolific career because he was always there for us-- teaching religion classes, organizing plays, Hi Club, playing basketball and volleyball with us at the “courts.” And of course there were all the masses he said, the confessions he heard, the sacraments he administered, all with such love and care. I still remember running to church, eager for the Sunday sermons he told at the children's mass. For Catholics, Mass is supposed to be a celebration and he really did Celebrate it. He told marvelous stories as homilies and I almost wondered if there really was a “Max the Martian” (a character he invented to capture our young imaginations) who lived the church bell tower. It wears me out just thinking of all he accomplished. We didn't think of him, as appears in some accounts as “pugnacious” or “outspoken,” ( But yes, as a pastor, he did vigorously defend his flock against the predations and abuses of modern day Pharisees) he was just so much fun and full of life and always so kind.
As he himself expressed, at his core he was a parish priest. And I can remember what his family knows -- what a grand parish priest he was. I will never forget the light that shone from his twinkling blue eyes. Those eyes were fired by a heart filled with the love of God, which he so generously shared with us.
you will always be remembered especially in your books read most of them atleast once God bless you
Your humor and the ability to write about
love and sex helped me cope with many
difficulties in my live. I will miss reading your reflective words.
I am very grateful to God the Almighty that I have been alive to know and respect your wonderful life.
A loss to both the clerical and literary world. Every book sits on my shelf and your wonderful stories will be missed.
Our family is honored to have met Father Greeley and to hear his homilies during his visits to our Chicago northside parish,St. Teresa of Avila. To those of us who have "kept" the faith and those who are struggling with
our faith, he will continue to be an inspiration who exemplifies priesthood at its best. Thank you Father Greeley - may you rest in peace and may your family revel in fond memories.
Ross & Mary Cavanagh, Lansing, Iowa transplanted from Chicago, Il.
My you be with God and the angels. Your gift for words will be missed.
Thank you Father Greeley - you will be missed. I learned much about forgiveness and second chances from your novels. God bless and keep you.
Really enjoyed Fr. Greeley. I remember his speech at Old St. Pat's one evening. What a dynamic person.
As a young student at Christ the King, we were very excited about the new priest arriving at our parish. My best friend and myself went to the then vacant lot at 95th and Leavitt and sat in a tree so we could see him getting off the bus. It was very exciting for us. I am now 70 years old, but that day is still special! Happy that he is finally at peace.
Thank you for your grace.....
There was never a time that I attended a speech or presentation by Fr. Greeley that several people didn't get up to say, "I wouldn't be a Catholic today without Andrew greeley's books." The vision of church, community and ethnic memory that infused his novels and his sociological prescriptions for the Church inspired so many of us to not give up on the church. In my work in pastoral ministry, when a non- Catholic asks me
what they can read to learn more about the Church, I suggest a couple of Blackie Ryan mysteries--THAT'S THE CHIRCH! (One time I applied for a job at Holy Name Cathedral that I didn't really want, to get a glimpse of the rectory offices that played such a part in the Blackie story!) after the travails of the last five years, we know he is happily ensconced with Lady Wisdom and The Lord of the Dance, praying for us as we await the grand homecoming. His mory is a blessing to us all.
I met Father Greeley when I was the Major Speakers Chairman at Duke University and he came to speak. As I escorted him around campus I told him that I wanted to return to Chicago and work in PR. Before he left he handed my his publicist's card and told me to give her a call. That simple act of kindness led to my first job and a career in public relations. I saw him many times after that. His twinkling eyes and charming smile got me every time. I will miss him and am praying for all of his family during this season of sadness. God bless.
I had the honor of serving mass for Fr Greeley at St Thomas the Apostle Church in Hyde Park back in the late 50's or early 60's. I knew he was a special holy priest even then. Pax Vobis cum Fr Greeley!
May this virtual candle carry deepest sympathy to Father Greeley's beloved family and Church, his city, his friends, and all who cherish his words. Prosper in Spirit, dear Irish priest!
My condolences to family, friends and fans. I have missed his writing both fiction non-fiction and poetry.
Speaking of poetry. Following is a limerick like poem about Father Greeley
When one's faith was on the brink
His words made one laugh and made one think
And led one in the quickest lurch
To the doors of the nearest church
With and Irish sigh on conspirator's wink
Fr. Greeley always believed the church could be better - do more for the needy, serve more compassionately, teach more imaginately, etc. - and he gave his life as an example. He was always "pushing the envelope" whether people agreed or not. He was a one of a kind. No doubt, as imaginative as he was, his mind is being blown wide open in Eternal Life.
Rest in peace "Blackie" ... you will be missed here on earth
Fr. Greeley has a special place in Heaven with the Lord. He brought His Grace to so many people though his books. May he rest in Eternal Peace.
Fr Greeleys care and compassion for the respect and dignity of working families inspired and made me a better representative of workers. His columns were always with me. Thank you Father on behalf of millions of working families. Peace
To Laura, Julie, Sean, Danny, Eileen, Anne and Elizabeth ("Little Bit") and all the nieces and nephews: Your uncle was a major mentor in my life, as you know. He was extraordinarily generous in helping me when I lost my father as a teenager, and he didn't hold it against me that I went to Stanford instead of the U of C! He was the first intellectual I met in my life. He always said - with a wink - that he helped me because my cousin (Cardinal Meyer) had helped him. He baptized our children, visited us every Christmas Day (before going to Park RIdge), and we had lunch regularly no matter what our schedules.
I loved him dearly, and although he didn't recognize me in the past five years, I remember him from before the accident.
He loved you all very much!
Joan Meyer Anzia
May you have been in heaven at least an hour before the devil know you'd passed. I will miss your writings and honesty about the church proper. Mentor someone from upstairs to continue your work.
He was one of the great Celts of our time who pursued the sociological truth without fear. His mirth, imagination, and writing skills: rare among U.S. priests. But his spirit lives on in his novels. May Brigit and Patrick welcome him.
William John Fitzgerald, Scottsdale AZ
Dear Father Andrew Greeley,
Thanks for all the good memories. You have been a good friend, great host, generous and thoughtful, and a wonderful priest. See you in heaven!
Paula Nagel Slowey
Saint Angela Class of 1942 Reunion Committee
Our deepest condolences to the family of Father Greeley. He was truly a priest of the people. Even after 50 years our family has not forgotten the spiritual assistance and comfort he gave us in a very difficult challenge in our lives.Would that there were many more like him. Our prayers are with you.
Collins Family from Hamilton Strret
Farewell and God speed on your heaven-bound journey, Father...your books provided me with countless hours of enjoyment. Sincerest sympathies to your family and many friends.
Fr Greeley inspired my own priesthood. R.I.P.
I will always remember our family being called "wise men from the east" for being smart enough to move to Grand Beach.
We will remember fondly the backyard masses and especially Father officiating at our son's wedding.
Jan & Pat O'Leary
Father Greeley was a wonderful priest, and a terrific West Side Irishman! When the hierarchy of the Church wouldn't listen to us, he did with a keen ear. He always managed to make you feel proud to be a Catholic. Thank you to his family for sharing him!
Dear Goebelbecker Familly and Greeley Families, My Prayers and thoughts are with you may you uncle Rest in peace. Geralyn Siptrott
My condolences to the family of Fr. Greeley. He was a truly gifted author and priest. He will be missed. "May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
RIP Father Greeley. A Irish American from St. Angela School who enjoyed reading your books. Condolences to your family.
Thank you, Father Greeley. I haven't come back to the Church yet but if I do, it will be because of you and what you wrote. You hung in there even though you knew about the corruption and inspired us to hang in there with you. I will miss your stories about the Chicago Irish but I have your old books to keep reading especially The Cardinal Virtues. May the Angels Lead you to Paradise.
Rest in peace Father Greeley and may God comfort your family. Thank you for your legacy. Always enjoyed our back and forth conversations at Our Mother of Sorrows!
RIP Father Greely, You are whatI consider a true and enlightened Spiritual guide. I'm going to miss your books and insights. I know "She" is happy to have you home.
Rest in the peace of our loving God. You were a blessing for me.
Sincerest condolences to Fr. Greeleys family. I have yet to read any of his writings, but I did know that he was a very special priest. I would have loved to meet him to talk with him. I know he's is with God our Father, and what greater glory could we ever wish for. You will be missed Fr. Greeley, may you rest in peace in the hands of our Great Creator.
How blessed we all were to have him at such an important time in history--truly a Saint and Scholar and the gift of Irish American Catholicism to all who heard or read him in any genre. You can never entirely get his sensibility, humor and wisdom out of your head!! You made our lake our city and our Chicago Catholic tribe most Sacred Space. Joy forever.
Greels broadened our rather narrow, South Side lives. He introduced me to Chinese food and that you never, ever order a corn beef on white bread.
Warm wishes to all of the family.
Buzzy Hunt Gibson
FATHER GREELEY AND I WERE CLASSMATES AT ST ANGELA'S CLASS OF 1942. STILL HAVE THE YEARLY PIX OF OUR CLASS FROM 1ST GRADE ON. WILL MISS THE REUNIONS WE HAD OVER THE YEARS. KNEW HIS SISTERS GRACE ANN AND MARY JULE, TOO. WE KEPT IN CONTACT UNTIL HIS TERRIBLE ACCIDENT IN 2008. GOD REST YOUR SOUL ANDREW MORAN....WILL BE JOINING YOU ONE OF THESE DAYS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
My Mom was a Huge Fan of Rev.Andrew Greeley...R.I.P
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who is "binding up the broken hearted and comforting those mourning" be of comfort to you during this most difficult time. (Isa. 61:1, 2)
I can not tell how often I have learned something abouth the Catholic Church from Father Greeley. We need more people like him that are not afraid to look at their belief systems and give it a good kick in the pants when neeeded. That includes all faiths. Maybe we would bring more in if we look within and admitted "we are all sinners saved by grace".
And I will truly miss his writings, with all my favorite characters.
God Better be good to him.
Ellen Walker, Boydton Virginia
Your family was blessed to have such a gift. Having an uncle a priest is such a blessing. My uncle passed a few years ago, being his niece was a honor. He, as your uncle did, taught me how to live and then how to die. He will always be in your hearts. Remember how he enriched your family. He certainly loved his nieces and nephews!! His sister lived in my community and I observed her love for him. May he rest in peace! Mrs. Nannini Park Ridge,Il
Well done, thou good and faithful servant! Well done. Rest peacefully as there is someone who embraces the cause of justice, love and forgiveness. With gratitude
I have seen Father Greeley and read his columns many times. He was a good Catholic and a fine man, and I'm sure he is in paradise with God. God bless his soul.
God bless you Father Greeley. May you Rest in Peace.
My prayers to a man of courage, a man of spirit and a man of conviction. As I age, I realize that these qualities are very rare in one individual. Imagine if you will, how truly blessed we are ~ that we lived in the presence of such a man.
I am sure my father is up there waiting to hear your sermons once again!
I am sadden to read of Father Greeley's passing. He was my favorite author. His books inspired such spiritualism with our God!
great memories of "Greels" at Christ the King"
wonderful man,great priest,always willing to help those in need....
He will be greatly missed.
My husband is 100% Irish-American, so that makes our kids 1/2 Irish. I had fond Irish nicknames for the kids, and I was thrilled to find Father Greeley's characters using the same nicknames for their own relatives. Thank you, Father Greeley, may you find your well-deserved rest.
To all in the Greeley family, my deepest sympathy. Your loss is profound. I also want to express my deepest gratitude to you for sharing him with the rest of us and to him for showing us that church is about faith, not religion! He was an inspiration in my youth; a challenge in my profession as a theologian and an inspiration as a woman of faith!
I am so sorry for your loss! Fr. Greeley was and is one of my favorite authors. I will miss him greatly.
Dear Greeley Family,
I'm so sorry about the loss of your loved one. (Eccl. 9:11, 12). Always pray to the Hearer of Prayer. - Psalms 65:2; 83:18.
God Bless you Father Greeley. You were one of the best priests we had. There should be more like you. Rest in Peace.
Father Greeley has been my hero for many years. I've read his novels, his theology books anv his sociology studies - all have given me more than I expected. I feel life a member of my family has died. My deepest condolences to all of his family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Farewell, sweet prince of a priest and an inspiration to us all. I loved all your books I have read. Thanks for speaking out. Thanks for remaining a Catholic.
He was a friend and mentor whose wonderful stories inspired me to tell mine. And now he is home.
Anne Donlon Achenbach
Wonderful man! RIP!
I am greatly sadden to read about the passing of Fr. Andrew Greeley. While I never had the privilege of attending a Mass in which he officiated, I read all of his homilies on his website. I read every book he wrote and every time I did, he found another way to strengthen my faith and taught me another lesson. His passing is a huge loss to the Roman Catholic Church, whether they acknowledge it or not. May God give him a glorious welcome home party!
I feel God has welcomed Father Greeley home with open arms.
FIRST WE LOST FR. GREELEY'S BEST PRIEST-BUDDY, MSGR. LEO MAHON LAST WEEK AND NOW ANDREW HIMSELF. I GUESS THEY REALLY ENJOYED EACH OTHERS COMPANY FROM GRADE SCHOOL TIL NOW AND ARE ONCE AGAIN UNITED IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR HOLY LORD.
You are now in a great position to speak with Her about some needed improvements in Chicago's wildlife, specifically the Bulls, Bears and Cubs. And if there's room, a small mention of the Marlins would not be amiss, either. (I forgot to mention this earlier.) Thank you!
Mr. Greeley was one of my favorite authors and I've been praying for him ever since his terrible accident.
Fr. Greeley sent us to Oak Forest every
Sunday morning to visit the residents
there. We delivered the "New World" to the residents. He taught us to live our faith. Now, God, remember, how good
he always was.
To Andrew 's nieces and nephews,
We will remember Father Greeley with smiles. We loved his masses on his lawn. We enjoyed many of his books, poems, and Christmas gifts. We were blessed with his wisdom and humor. He will dance on in our memories.. Fondly, Dan and Kaye (GB)
a priest who inspired. Louis Albert
My deepest sympathy to the family. We really need consoling in order to deal with the pain so I hope that you will find comfort from the encouraging words at Isaiah 65:20. The promise stated there will give you something to think about and to look forward to in the future.
I truly loved reading his books. I wish I had known him in person. I needed a priest like him when my daughter passed away.
Fr. Greeley was above all else a parish priest, a bright, empathetic human being. When he spoke,words flew and his eyes glowed with vitality and emotion. I recall a number of birthdays and church masses shared at Old St. Pat's.
Fr. Greeley enriched and empowered the lives of so many. He was loved and he will be remembered. I had the great privilege of calling him "friend." Harry Mark Petrakis
One of my favorite authors, so sad to read this - R.I.P. Sir.
May the eternal light shine upon him....
He will be with Ted Kennedy
How I loved reading his books. He will be missed. What a great man
From the Family (his sister, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews)
Our lives have been tremendously enriched by having the presence of Fr. Andrew Greeley in our family. First and foremost as a loving uncle who was always there for us with unfailing support or with a gentle nudge, who shared with us both the little things and the big moments of family life. But we were specially graced that this man was also an amazing priest who recently celebrated the 59th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He served the Church all those years with a prophetic voice and with unfailing dedication, and the Church he and our parents taught us to love is a better place because of him. Our hearts are heavy with grief, but we find hope in the promise of Heaven that our uncle spent his life proclaiming to us, his friends, his parishioners and his many fans. He resides now with the Lord of the Dance, and that dance will go on.
For the man who gave voice to my faith experience. May he rest in God's loving embrace.
SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. MAY THE FAMILY AND FREINDS HAVE COMFORT KNOWING THAT YOUR LOVED ONE IS RESTING IN PEACE. ECCLESIASTES 9:5.
Andrew Greeley was a light in my life in 2005 when I discovered him as a novelist. It felt like we knew one another, it felt almost like he was a sunshiney wisecracking philosopher, sent to me through his "Irish Lace" novels, and some of the books about Nuala. Rest in peace beautiful hard working and giving soul!
Growing up in Christ the King and having Greels as our parish priest allowed many of us the pleasure of his company. High Club, altar boy,the courts, Grand Beach, his terrific books. So many great memories....
may he rest in peace,may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed r.i.p!
My sympathies to the Greeley family - I was fortunate enough to have met Father when he was in Rochester years ago at a speaking engagement. He is "Blackie Ryan" - our newest angel! God Bless.
He was a beacon during this stormy time in our Chruches history, God keep him close to his heart.
I truly enjoyed Rev. Greeley's books. He will be missed. Rest In Peace.
Father Greeley, you will be missed. I have so enjoyed your books. You were a shining light of the Church. Rest in peace.
A true spokemans for all people of true faith. Sad to see him leave up. A truly good and decent man. Rest in peace Father Greeley, you'll be in my prayers, and those of many others.
What a comfort for Fr. Andrew Greeley's family to see how he was loved and respected. He even answered his e-mails.He was one of the most influential people in my life. We were always so proud of him in his interviews .Truly a man who used all his talents. R I P.
To the extended Family, my sympathy. Fr. Greeley was a joy to all who knew him or heard him speak or read his words.
Earth's loss is indeed Heaven's gain. Can you imagine his reception through the Gate?
I feel like i have lost a dear friend. May God give him a high place in heaven.
To Father Greeley's family, so sorry for the lost of such a treasure and very special person. When I lived in Aurora, Ill. I use to read his weekly column. He always told the truth and hit the issues like a nail on the head. He was ahead of his tome and I was always proud that he spoke up against the way the church use to cover up for the priests that were sex offenders. I also loved reading all his books, he was one wonderful down to earth priest. He will be solely missed. He was ahead of his time all the way around. If the church had more priests like Father Greeley what a wonderful world it would be. Rest in peace Father, you have earned it. Sherry Hickey, Sparta, Tn.
What an amazing man.He is in the ranks of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen..He will be missed by so many... May he rest in peace.....
Thank you for being a prophet for these decades.
Thank you for all you have given to our world! You stopped us and made us think about the affairs of the church! RIP dear Sir!
Rest in Peace, Fr. Greeley. Your voice and sense of reason in the Catholic Church will be missed. I will also miss your insightful and entertaining writings. May the good Lord hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Over and over again I find faith-filled messages in all the books that I share with my family. My condolences to all who knew Fr Greeley.-Teresa thomasma
Will be sadly missed. Hope when he is in heaven he can truly help the problems in our church. Will miss the novels.
I'm a fan of many of your books. Bless you for sharing your many gifts with us. Say Hi to my Mom for me, if you don't mind.
Lynn O'Shea Lazansky
I have been reading Andrew Greeley books since I was in my teens. I brought his book A Midwinter's tale to work with me to read today....so sad to find his obituary this AM. God wrap you in His loving arms. Wish you could write in Heaven and communicate what it is really like up there.
Thank you, Father Greeley, for what you have written and the many happy hours I spent reading it. I only wish your church had spend more hours doing the same.
My Irish eyes are smiling as I was blessed to have met you
May the road always meet you. I will miss your books,chracters, your shining example of what a priest really is. Thank you for bravely calling out the church and its inactions on the worst possible crimes against our youngest.Blessings to your family, friends and colleagues.
What a joyful day and evening we had at Skidmore College. I will always remember your wit and wisdom. We now have another angel in heaven.
A true priest in every sense. Once can tell from his writings that he enjoyed the priesthood. He will be missed. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.
Some talk, some do. For all that he did for the Church and humanity, God patted him on the back in welcome. He was truly at the roots of Catholicism. God grant you all Father Andrew's peace.
"Now may the God who supplies endurance and comfort grant you to have amoung yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had..." - Ro 15:6
RIP Father Greeley. I have enjoyed many of your books. Pray for us as you sit by God and His Most Blessed Mother.
You will be missed. Your words will live forever.
YOU WILL BE MISSED - WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY
Godspeed Andrew Greeley. I am sure you were met with open arms. You enriched our lives with your penned words and our hearts with your love for your fellow man.
Though we'll never read about new adventures of John Blackwood Ryan or Nuala Ann McGrail (who married a Coyne), we can re-read all those wonderful stories and all the rest of his titles for the rest of our lives till we hopefully meet him in Heaven. What a wonderful boost all the Irish Catholics have up there now, with America's best known Catholic author and priest with them forever. My sympathy's to his family, his legion of readers and followers. God's Peace to you all. He's eternally young and the last four+ years are gone forever. Rest In Peace for Eternity Father Greeley.
If only there were MORE priests blessed with the love, faith & understanding expressed by this beloved author! Thanks be to God for all you shared with your readers, Father Greeley -- And may you truly rest in peace with the Lord you served so well!
What a marvelous writer and interesting man he was. He will be missed very much.
I began reading Fr. Greeley's column in "The Southern Cross" (Catholic newspaper) while living in Macon, GA in the mid 1970s. I began reading his novels with "Thy Brother's Wife" and never stopped. It's sad to think of a world without Blackie Ryan and Cardinal Sean Cronin, but all of us are richer for having had them and Fr. Greeley. God be good to him--and I'm sure She will be!
Dear Fr. Drew,
Thank you for your selfless giving, your wisdom, your example. But mostly, I thank you for the Ryans, et al; not only beloved characters and stories, but glimpses of my own heritage. Is féidir linn freastal ar tábla an Tiarna!
My condolences to Father's family--I enjoyed reading (and re-reading) his books, and will miss the 'further adventures of....'
Fr. Greeley, your enlightenment - and your entertaining novels - enriched my life. (And sometimes I even gasped at some of the ideas you put on paper!) May your family hold many endearing memories.
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Rev. Andrew Greeley. He will be missed. R.I.P.
I loved your books, Father Andrew. Rest in Peace.
Father Greeley,thank you for your wonderful, insightful books based around the Catholic faith. I learned more about my faith than I had in 12 years of parochial school. There's no doubt in my mind you're now enjoying paradise in the arms of our Lord and Savior. We will miss you.
I offer condolences to Father Greeley's family, friends and fans. I have read many of his fiction books and enjoyed them thoroughly. I paraphrase a scene in one of his books where the hero gets hit with a "green cosmic baseball bat." Sometimes faith will do that to a person, it has with me. His books always made me think about my own spirituality and I could relate to his characters. May SHE welcome Father Greeley with open arms.
Never again will we hear from Blackie Ryan or the North Wabash Street Irregulars. You were so kind to me and so highly amused by my "star-stuckness" every time we spoke. I will also never forget your kindness in sending me books. I will miss you Father Greeley.
You wrote about grace, love in all its wonderful forms, and redemption. That we are all loved by God.
Now you know God personally. I miss your writings, Nuala Anne, and Fr. Blackie but I know you are at perfect peace. Condolences to all your family and loved ones.
I remember my school mate Mary Jule's older brother Andy coming in the house from Quigley with books stacked up to his nose. Who would have thaught that quiet boy would become the wonderful priest and author that he did become. My condolences to Mary Jule and all of her family. Gina Millette
I have read and enjoyed your books, and I'm not a Catholic. But you taught me more about social justice than any of my professors. Rest in peace and thank you. You done good.
To Aunt Mary Jule, my cousins and their children- May all of the wonderful memories that live in your hearts bring smiles to your faces and peace in your hearts. His party in Heaven has begun! We are here for you.
I send my condolences to Father Greeley's family, friends and fans. I read and enjoyed his all his novels (and I mean all (some more than once). I also read some of his non-fiction books. I always waited very impatiently for his next new book and have missed the humor and love in his books. He will be sorely missed.
Father Greeley wrote some of my favorite books- he was a priest that the church should have been proud of- he is home now- job well done Father- job well done.
God bless you for so many hours of enjoyment reading your books.
Father Greeley was one of my favorite authors, beginning with thy brother's wife and through the Nuala Anne McGrail series. I will miss him very much.
Now here was a man who made the Vatican and others stand up and be heard, and listen at the Truth!
sad for us , glad for you, you went home today, you will be missed. jo
Fr. Greeley's books helped me many times, as did his prophetic voice in addressing issues in both the Church and the world .. may he spend his heaven helping others prophesy!
I enjoyed all of his books. His honesty and dedication was apparent in his writings. God has welcomed him home.
You told it the way it was and you will be missed. Wrote to you one time and you gave me some good advice about the Catholic Church and myself. God Bless you and your family.
I give my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Andrew Greeley. I had him for religion class in 7th and 8th grade at Christ the King. He was one of a kind and said it like it was. Marge Kenny of 96th and Oakley
Have missed him all these years. Now he has gone home. May the road rise up. Wish I could find his artile on Greed, read it and went back to find to no avail. Put into words everthing.
Fr. Greeley was a true priest in every sense of the word. The Church really needs more of his kind. May he now soar with the angels and rest in peace.
Fr. Greeley has been one of my favorite authors for many years. His skill with the pen and his understanding of women are rare and even rarer given his profession. Rest in Peace Father but keep your eye on the church which needs to reform. I think you have a friend in Pope Francis I........
To one of my favorite authors, may God Bless You, and may you Rest in Peace. I will miss your writings and thank you for all those wonderful books.
Rest in Peace Father Greeley. You told it the way it was and you were a good man.
Loved listening to you speak. You knew so much. Thank you for sharing it all with us...and thank you for your books. Rest in Peace.
Even your good friend Ed Cody passed 2 years prior to you I'm sure your together God Bless and have a good visit
Truely a rabble-rouser in the image of Jesus. I like that!
Dr. Margaret Leonhard
RIP, Father. Thank you for everything.
May God be with you and your family during this time of grief and sorrow. Please take comfort in God's word the Holy Scriptures.
in God's care rest in peace
I NEVER MET THIS GENTLEMAN, BUT I LOVED HIS BOOKS. THEY WERE AND STILL ARE WONDERFUL!!
Father Andy, You will be missed by so many. I truly enjoyed your books, especially the Nuala Anne and Blackie books, they helped bring me closer to understanding God's love and sticking it out with an imperfect Church. The books were also so historical about Chicago. I always wished I could have had lunch with you or Mauve Binchey if wishes could come true, but maybe we will meet in heaven. Meanwhile, I know that you are dancing with the Lord. My condolences to the Greeley family. I know that you will miss him terribly.
RIP Father Greeley. Thank you for providing your wonderful stories and for sharing your wisdom.The world is a better place for having experienced both. You have enriched my life in very many ways and I am eternally grateful.
We will miss Father Greeley. His books were so wonderful. I never met him but sort of knew the great person he was through reading his wonderful mysteries.He will be missed, but we are all glad he is out of helplessness now and in Paradise
May God let us to lead by example!My condolences and sympathy to a priest of the church.
God Bless You,
May God Hold You Close.
May God bring your family comfort.
1Cor.15:22For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.
I never met him but he wrote wonderful books which I enjoy so much. He is in heaven now with other great intellects
RIP Fr.Greeley and Blackie Ryan. My sincere condolences to family and friends. I enjoyed your books and hearing your insights on TV.
May choirs of angels sing him to his rest. I will miss all of his booka, especially the "Nuala Anne Irish" series and anything with Blackie
My condolences to Andy's family and his many, many friends. It was great to work for him all those years ago. To meet such a creative mind that produced sooooo much. A kind man, a courteous man, a gentle man, a humble man, a man who respected everyone! It was a blessing to know him.
To the "CLAN GREELEY":
The Roman Catholic Church in America will truly mourn its preeminent sociologist and Irish-priest son of Chicago, FR. ANDREW GREELEY,who passed this week at 85 after more than 50 years as a Catholic priest, author and academic sociologist.
Love him or hate him, he "told it like it is" in the Church and society, without "sugarcoating" the reality of both--primarily through in his extensive sociology work, his fiction and his pastoral approach. All the above combined his personal giftedness and intellectual ability as well as his rigorous academic study and pastoral/political savvy--quite a combination offered to the American Church during his long priesthood.
Whether your a "ultraliberal Catholic" or a "rock ribbed ethnic Roman Catholic traditionalist," Fr. Greeley spoke out to all Catholic publics, the Roman Catholic U.S. hierarchy, and the institutional Church to be more relevant and credible to people's lived personal experience of the Faith, and its relevance on sexual and relational issues.
His role as "Catholic Cassandra" of the U.S. and media savant for the Church in America will probably not be duplicated again.
May God Rest his Irish-American Chicago priest soul, and may the Roman Catholic community in the U.S. (both clergy, hierarchy and laity) prayerfully mourn this priest-prophet who challenged both saints and sinners to embrace the Catholic Church in these times and this world while drawing on the rich inspiration and cultural textures from its storied past!
REQUIESCAT in PACE, Fr. Andy!
Members and Discussion Group Leaders
ROMAN CATHOLIC CULTURAL SOCIETY
St. Louis, MO
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
In thanksgiving for the life of a man who was not afraid to speak the truth. My sympathy to his family and friends at the loss of this incredible life.
Will miss your wit, your fight, your love for all. God Bless you and your loved ones w peace always.
My condolences to the famliy. Under God kingdom he promises to bring an end to all death, pain and suffering. This promise will come true.
Revalation 21: 4
My condolences to the friends and family to Rev. Greenley. Although I did not have the opportunity to meet this man, he seemed to be a person that enjoyed what he did and was truly passionate about God. God provides a wonderful and encouraging promise in "and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more,neighter will outcry nor pain be anymore. the former things have passed away." soon God will put an end to this system of things and he will end our suffering. I am looking forward to the day I get to meet Andrew Greenley.
Fr. Greeley you are so admired as a TRUE man of God. You'v brought so much Love in this world thru your life and example.
R.I.P. our dear friend
former native of Crystal Lake, Ill
God bless you Father Greely, I have enjoyed your writings and your outspoken personality!
To the family and friends, sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the promise of John:28,29.
Thank you, Fr. Greeley for letting me know that I could be a good Catholic and a human being, with human struggles all at the same time. Your books "Angel Light" and "Contract with an Angel" opened my heart and mind and have led me to a Spiritual life I could have never imagined. God Bless your work here on Earth, and may you rest in Peace.
Rev. Andrew Greeley, we will miss your fight, spirit and truthfulness for the Catholic community, you have been our voice in all levels when we have not been heard! God hear our prayers and send us more priest like you who regardless of being priest, will speak up and tell it like it is! Enjoy heaven!
My sincerest sympathy to the family. What an amazing author....my favorite.
I love the previous comment about Blackie Ryan's heaven is now a better place.
Growing up in a Chicago Irish Catholic family I would laugh and cry through many of your books. There was always a character that could easily be a relative.
Never met him, and I am not Catholic, but his beliefs transcend faith. He was a real leader and unafraid of the truth.
So sad. I enjoyed reading Father Greeley's books. He will be missed.
What a wonderful friend to me as a reader and Irish decendant and faithful follower of Christ. He will be missed.
God Bless you. Thank you for all of your honesty. You are now with our Savior. How lucky you are.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Fr. Greeley, but I read his books and they were real page turners for me. I know the world has lost a great man, but as is mentioned many times in previous messages, heaven is now an even better place.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
I never met the good Reverend but I loved his Blackie Ryan books and found them very thought provoking as I examined my own feelings about my faith. His characters helped me to try to become a better Catholic. Bless you Father Greeley
My prayers are with the Greeley family. I will miss his voice in his stories and his outspokeness in church matters. His stories always gave me hope the church would rise again.
GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU CLOSE . THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH . I READ MOST OF YOUR BOOKS AND I REALLY ENJOYED THEM . REST IN PEACE .
Met Fr. Greeley a few times in New Buffalo, MI...he will be missed! God bless you & thank you for all the great books & friendly conversation!
Andrew Greeley was ordained in 1954, the year I graduated from Christ the King grammar school, and the beginning of my friendship with this amazing and complex man and priest.
Thank you Father Greeley, for writing and being. You helped me as a young girl growing up in Irish Catholic faith where there is much bigotry against us, and you help me now as a young woman with the same issues. RIP and may your writings and teachings live on
My prayers are with Andrew's family. God bless his memory.
RIP Father Greeley-a true compassionate man.
Although I did not always agree with Father Greeley, there is but no question that he was a wonderful man. Pure in his devotion to his calling and humanity itself.
Rest in Peace,
Father Greeley's books, mainly the fictional ones, helped me to see God in a completely different light, and one in which I'm happy to say, has enriched me and my life in extraordinary ways. I feel as if I have lost a wonderful friend, and the church has lost an unflinching prophet--one who was not afraid to stand up and say what needed to be said. May the Angels lead him into paradise...until we meet again....
I have read most of Rev. Greeley's books and enjoyed them all. I wrote him years ago to tell him that his writings did more to increase my faith than 12 years of Catholic School and years of preaching in Catholic churches. He truly understood the common man and how much God truly loves us. May he rest in peace.
Rest in peace, Blackie Ryan! Heaven is now an even better place.
As a psychology student at Baruch College in the 70's I made extensive use of Father Greeley's studies...a study on Alcoholim and the Irish...was a find. My professors were intrigued at my finding Father Greeley and the information I brought to class. My Mother-in-Law became a fan of his novels and all things "Greeley."
It was an inspiration knowing and following him.