Edward Dowling, S.J. (1898-1960), was called “the greatest and most gentle soul to walk this planet” by Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson. Dawn Eden Goldstein, author of a new biography titled Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.’s Spiritual Sponsor (Orbis Books, 2022), will share Fr. Ed’s story at a Boston College lecture on Feb. 28 at noon. Fr. Ed’s guidance transformed Bill’s life and deepened the spirituality of the 12-step movement. But despite his vital role in AA history little is known about him. Goldstein’s biography enlightens readers on how the Jesuit priest came to devote his ministry to helping people, not only alcoholics but also people in troubled marriages and those suffering from nervous disorders. According to Goldstein, he was also a champion of civil rights and other social justice issues. Goldstein is an award-winning author whose other titles include Sunday Will Never Be the Same and The Thrill of the Chaste, among others. Goldstein penned an essay on Father Ed for America magazine. Her talk is sponsored by Boston College Libraries, the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, School of Theology and Ministry Continuing Education, C21 Center, and the Jesuit Institute. To register, visit the event website.
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