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Authors McGinnity Connelly, Farnan & Moore
This Bold Prayer
Father Don Farnan-Dolly Moore-Robin McGinnity Connelly
Father Don Farnan was raised on a farm in Richmond Missouri, with ten brothers and sisters. He received a bachelor's degree from Rockhurst College in Kansas City and a master's degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake __ Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1987. Since then he has served as parochial vicar at Visitation Parish, and pastor of St Therese Little Flower and St. Louis, all in Kansas City, Missouri. He also served as Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Kansas-St. Louis for six years. He is the Executive Director of the Upper Room, a nondenominational family and youth education center in Kansas City's urban core, and is currently the pastor of St. John LaLande Parish in Blue Springs, Missouri. Father Don's love for children has inspired others to follow him into the urban core to share their time and talents.
Dolly Moore was born in Pilot Grove, Missouri, the last child of Agnes and Milton Moore. She became a mother when her youngest sister died, leaving six children to be raised by herself, her brother, and her mother. Dolly was baptized a Catholic over thirty years ago at St. Francis Church. At age thirty eight she went back to school and got her high school diploma. Cooking for the children at St. Monica School (for fourteen years) was the love of her life, and she still encounters children and adults in the streets and stores of Kansas City who lovingly remember her and her delicious lunches. Ms. Dolly now works in elder care as a care-giver for a 98-year old gentleman. Until the publication of this book, Father Don Farnan was the only person she shared her poetry with.
Robin McGinnity Connelly graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Diego State University in 1975, and from Loyola Law School in 1979. While she and her husband raised two sons, Robin followed her dream of protecting other children by practicing law in child abuse and neglect part time. Later, as Director of Justice for St. Thomas More Parish, she worked with a team that promoted a sister parish relationship in San Andres, Itzapa, Guatemala. The Justice team then established a "Twinning Relationship" with St. Louis Church located in Kansas City's urban core. Robin worked as Director of Social Outreach in that parish, where she still worships every third Sunday in solidarity with the twinning. She is now serving the children of the urban core by advocating for their needs through the lens of a camera. Her passion for photography and people has allowed her to document the coming together of diverse cultures in service of one another and God.
This Bold Prayer
A Collection of Spiritual Essays Poems and Photographs
Father Don Farnan, Dolly Moore, and Robin McGinnity Connelly
56 pgs. $18.00 paperback ISBN: 0967842859