Doers of the Word: Putting Your Faith Into Practice

Archbishop Dolan reveals the Extraordinary in the ordinary faith-lessons of life

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, February 18, 2010 – How should people make sense of daily events – even catastrophes – as part of God’s plan? How do common annoyances, chance meetings – even sudden unemployment, devastating natural disasters, or heart-wrenching losses – fit into His purpose? They certainly do, but it’s often impossible to see how and why.

In an effort to provide inspiration and insight for interpreting God’s message in everyday life, New York’s Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan shares his personal reflections and observations to challenge us all.

In Doers of the Word: Putting Your Faith Into Practice (128 pp, Our Sunday Visitor), Archbishop Dolan compiled over one hundred real life stories that show readers how to bridge their Catholic Faith with what they confront, and how they affect others. It is a collection of his personal reflections connecting daily observations and events with the beauty and mystery of God’s message in every circumstance.

The reader will recognize his own daily struggles as he embarks on a private journey with the Archbishop – looking at situations like handling an abrasive email, explaining a difficult Church teaching to someone, understanding the ‘seasons’ of one’s life, persevering through mundane routine, bolstering those who’ve become discouraged, even embracing personal ‘crosses’ and sufferings. Doers of the Word is filled with many familiar occurrences which can play an integral part in the perfect Will of God.

“There are times that shattering change occurs in our lives,” says Archbishop Dolan. “But at the deepest level of reality and meaning, we can discover a firm

foundation – an “unmoved mover” – an immutable base resting on a loving, caring, omniscient, omnipotent, providential God,” he says.

Archbishop Dolan wrote the reflections during his own prayer time over the past several years, and they can help people embrace God amid the calm, even calamity, of their lives. The book is simple, practical, and humorous enough to digest in a single reading – yet can inspire anyone to see the extraordinary in each day.

Despite life’s mysteries, twists, and turns, it “maintains a constant identity, a reliable rooting in the Lord, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow,” says Archbishop Dolan.

Former rector of the North American College in Rome, Archbishop Dolan was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as shepherd of the New York Archdiocese in February, 2009.


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Doers of the Word: Putting Your Faith Into Practice

Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Author: Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Release Date: Winter 2009-10
Length: 128 Pages, Paperback
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-59276-639-0


Whether a person is enveloped in the peace of the country or an empty chapel … or is entangled in the midst of the anxiety-driven rush of New York City, Archbishop Timothy Dolan shows that God can be discovered – and followed – in any circumstance.

This collection of the Archbishop’s personal reflections can help someone discover the many faces of Christ in everyday life, and make sense out of what can, at times, seem senseless.

Doers of the Word: Putting Your Faith Into Practice is a short, easy-to-read sampling of the Archbishop’s own experiences. Through his own personal reflections, he puts forth a handy combination of simplicity, practicality and guidance to shed meaning on daily occurrences. His masterful blend of insightful commentary with glimpses into Church history, lives of the saints, and Catholic teaching inspire the reader to discover the Design of God in the ordinary – and not-so-ordinary – rituals of life.

About the Author

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

Archbishop DolanTimothy Michael Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on February 23, 2009. Two months later on April 15, 2009, he was installed as Archbishop of New York.

Having previously served as Archbishop of Milwaukee since 2002 under the appointment of the late Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Dolan is also former rector of North American College in Rome. He has written numerous books published mostly by Our Sunday Visitor, including To Whom Shall We Go as well as the hardcover bestseller, Priests for the Third Millennium.

Born February 6, 1950, Archbishop Dolan was the first of five children born to Shirley Radcliffe Dolan and the late Robert Dolan. In 1964, he began his high school seminary education at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in Shrewsbury, Mo. His seminary foundation continued at Cardinal Glennon College, where he earned a B.A. in philosophy. He completed his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, earning a License in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas.

Archbishop Dolan was ordained to the priesthood on June 19, 1976, then served as associate pastor at Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights, Mo. until 1979, when he began studies for a doctorate in American Church History at the Catholic University of America. Before completing the doctorate, he spent a year researching the late Archbishop Edwin O'Hara, a founder of the Catholic Biblical Association. Archbishop O'Hara's life and ministry was the subject of the Archbishop's doctoral dissertation.

On his return to St. Louis, Archbishop Dolan served in parish ministry from 1983-87, during which time he was also liaison for the late Archbishop John L. May in the restructuring of the college and theology programs of the archdiocesan seminary system.

In 1987, Archbishop Dolan was appointed to a five-year term as secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. When he returned to St. Louis in 1992, he was appointed vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, serving also as director of Spiritual Formation and professor of Church History. He was also an adjunct professor of theology at Saint Louis University.

In 1994, he was appointed rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he served until June 2001. While in Rome, he also served as a visiting professor of Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University and as a faculty member in the Department of Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. The work of the Archbishop in the area of seminary education has influenced the life and ministry of a great number of priests of the new millennium.

On June 19, 2001 – the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – then-Fr. Dolan was named Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis by Pope John Paul II. The new Bishop Dolan chose for his Episcopal motto the profession of faith of St. Peter: Ad Quem Ibimus, "Lord, to whom shall we go?" (Jn 6:68).

He is currently the chairman of Catholic Relief Services and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America.

On June 29, 2009, Archbishop Dolan received the pallium, a symbol of his office as an archbishop, from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, at St. Peter's Basilica.