Father Andrew Greeley

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General Information

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Name: Father Andrew Greeley

Pen Name: Andrew M. Greeley

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Born: 1928 in Oak Park, Illinois

Died: 2013 in Chicago, Illinois


Website: agreeley.com


Illinois Connection

After studies at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, he received an AB from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Chicago in 1950, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) in 1952, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) in 1954, when he was ordained.


Biographical and Professional Information

From 1954 to 1964 he served as an assistant pastor at Christ the King parish in Chicago, during which time he studied sociology at the University of Chicago. He received a Master of Arts in 1961 and then a PhD in 1962. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the influence of religion on the career plans of 1961 college graduates. At various times Greeley was a professor at the University of Arizona, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago.

Greeley's first work of fiction to become a major commercial success was The Cardinal Sins (1981). He then put out the Passover trilogy: Thy Brother's Wife (1982), Ascent into Hell (1983), and Lord of the Dance (1984). After that, he wrote on average a minimum of two novels per year. In 1987 alone he produced four novels and two works of non-fiction.

Income generated from the sale of his books has been used to fund certain philanthropies. In 1986, Greeley established a $1 million Catholic inner-city School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50%. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million financial endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funds an annual lecture series, “The Church in Society”, at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, where he earned his S.T.L. in 1954.

Father Greeley has said that "Chicago Catholics and the Struggle Within Their Church" is his final book.

Published Works

Father Greeley has written many books, please go to his website to see his entire body of work: http://agreeley.com/

Nuala Anne McGrail Novels

  • Irish Lace, Tor Books, 1997
  • Irish Whiskey, Tor Books, 1998
  • Irish Eyes, Forge Books, 2001
  • Irish Love, Tor Books, 2002
  • Irish Stew! , Forge Books, 2003
  • Irish Gold, Forge Books, 2005
  • Irish Cream, Forge Books, 2005
  • Irish Linen, Forge Books, 2007
  • Irish Crystal, Forge Books, 2007
  • Irish Tiger, Forge Books, 2008
  • Irish Tweed, Forge Books, 2009


Blackie Ryan Novels:

  • Happy are Those Who Thirst for Justice, Mysterious Press, 1987
  • Happy Are the Merciful, Jove, 1992
  • Happy Are the Peace Makers, Jove, 1993
  • Happy Are the Poor in Spirit, Jove, 1994
  • Happy Are Those Who Mourn, Jove, 1995
  • Happy Are the Oppressed, Beeler, 1997
  • The Bishop at Sea, Berkley, 1997
  • The Bishop and the Three Kings, Berkley, 1998
  • The Bishop and The Missing L Train, Forge Books, 2001
  • The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain, Forge Books, 2002
  • The Bishop in the West Wing, Forge Books, 2003
  • The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood, Forge Books, 2005
  • The Bishop at the Lake, Forge Books, 2007
  • The Archbishop in Andalusia, Forge Books, 2009


O'Malley Novels:

  • A Midwinter's Tale, Forge Books, 1999
  • Younger Than Springtime, Forge Books, 2000
  • A Christmas Wedding, Forge Books, 2001


The Passover Trilogy:

  • Thy Brother's Wife, Forge Books, 1982
  • Ascent into Hell, Warner, 1983
  • Lord of the Dance, Warner, 1984


  • Angel Fire, Tor, 2004
  • Contract with an Angel, Tor, 2004
  • The Making of the Pope 2005, Little, Brown & Company, 2005
  • Angel Light, Tor, 2006
  • The Senator and The Priest, Forge Books, 2006
  • Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships with Women, Forge Books, 2007
  • A Stupid, Unjust, and Criminal War: Iraq 2001-2007 , Orbis Books, 2007
  • Common Ground: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008 - written with Jacob Neusner
  • The Cardinal Sins, Forge Books, 2009
  • Chicago Catholics and the Struggle Within Their Church, Transaction Publishers, 2010
  • The Cardinal Virtues, Forge Books, 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Irish Lace: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel (Nuala Anne McGrail Novels)

ISBN: 0812550773
Release Date: 1997-10-15

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Irish Whiskey (Nuala Anne McGrail Novels)

ISBN: 0812577701
Release Date: 1998-12-15

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Irish Eyes (Nuala Anne McGrail Novels)

ISBN: 0812590244
Release Date: 2001-03-15

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Happy Are the Peace Makers

ISBN: 0515110752
Release Date: 1993-04-01

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Happy Are the Oppressed (A Father Blackie Ryan Mystery)

ISBN: 1574900838
Release Date: 1997-12

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The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain (A Father Blackie Ryan Mystery)

ISBN: 0812575970
Release Date: 2002-06-17

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The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood: A Bishop Blackie Ryan Novel

ISBN: 0765303345
Release Date: 2005-11-01

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The Bishop at the Lake: A Bishop Blackie Ryan Novel

ISBN: 0765315890
Release Date: 2007-09-18

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A Christmas Wedding (Family Saga)

ISBN: 081256667X
Release Date: 2001-11-19

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Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships with Women

ISBN: 0765317761
Release Date: 2007-03-06

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A Stupid, Unjust, and Criminal War: Iraq 2001-2007

ISBN: 1570757321
Release Date: 2007-09-20

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Common Ground: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together

ISBN: 0773534474
Release Date: 2008-08-18

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Literary Awards

External Links

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Father Andrew Greeley on Amazon

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