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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Dechant  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Carol Dechant on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author spends hurricane season in Evanston and the rest of the year in Florida.

Biographical and Professional Information

The author received her BA in Journalism from Drake University and did graduate studies at Creighton University in Omaha and Kansas University.

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Titles At Your Library

Great American Catholic Eulogies
ISBN: 0879464496

ACTA Publications. 2011

Eulogies have a long and important history in remembering and commemorating the dead. As Thomas Lynch notes in his Foreword, eulogies are meant "to speak for the ages, to bring homage and appreciation, the final appraisal, the last word and first draft of all future biography." In Great American Catholic Eulogies, Carol DeChant has compiled fifty of the most memorable and instructive eulogies, In Memoriam printed tributes, and elegiac poetry of Catholics in America.

The eulogies in Great American Catholic Eulogies span the American experience, from those who were born before the Declaration of Independence was written to a modern sports legend, from pioneers in social justice, healthcare, and the arts to founders of distinctly American religious orders, and from all the varied ethnic cultures who contribute to the great cultural milieu that is the United States. Great American Catholic Eulogies reveals the powerful value of a well-crafted eulogy: It reveals what a particular Catholic life has taught the eulogist.

Those eulogized in this volume include:

  • Chaplain Mychal Judge
  • Mother Katharine Drexel
  • William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Andre Dubus
  • Tim Russert
  • Flannery O Connor
  • Liz Christman
  • Sister Mary Ignatia
  • William F. Buckley
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Dorothy Day
  • Andy Warhol
  • Patricia Neal
  • Joseph Cardinal Bernadin
  • Rosemary Clooney
  • Erma Bombeck
  • Phil Rizzuto
  • Wellington T. Mara
  • Milton Batiste
  • Frederick Hart
  • Elly Chovel
  • Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • Mary K. Meyer
  • Joyce Kilmer

Momma's Enchanted Supper: Stories for the Long Evenings of Advent, A Memoir
ISBN: 0829412727

Loyola Pr. 1999

The indomitable Momma is only one of the characters in Carol DeChant's stirring collection of memories. Gangsters and grandparents, nuns and bullies are all characters in these often quirky, sometimes bittersweet - but always unabashedly honest - tales.
Focusing on food, family, and humor, each of the thirty-one stories corresponds to an Advent reading, just as our own stories connect us to Scripture and to each other.

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