More I Could Not Ask

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More I Could Not Ask

Finding Christ in the Margins: A Priest's Story

A faith journey, from a child's grasp of his family's immigrant faith, with its deep reverence for the priesthood, to an ever-deepening sense of family and priestly service that extends to the entire body of Christ.

Meet Father James Person. He is neither monk nor social worker, but somehow the world of the contemplative—the world of the Trappist, the Sulpician, and the Carmelite—merges with the world of the street—the world of prisoners, ex-convicts, and addicts—in the life of this humble priest. As a result, he meets Christ, in every person, ever day of his life. His story traces the shaping of one man’s consciousness from a child’s grasp of his family’s immigrant faith, with its deep reverence for the priesthood, to an ever-deepening sense of family and priestly service that extends to the entire body of Christ. Two cherished members of Father Peterson’s expanded family explain:
“He’s the first person I ever loved. …He used to come into the County Jail every day and talk with the guysgive’em hope. I’m talking’ 40 years! Love and compassion for these guys afflicted with alcohol.”
“I had a $700-a-day habit. He kept trying to get me to look beyond the drugs. When I was 14 I did a crime…horrible. I lived that person I was at 14 every day after that for years. He helped me tear that down. It’s his honestyyou just know.”

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James Peterson, who has been a priest for more than 50 years, works at Maria House Projects in Erie, Pennsylvania. His ministry involves the world of the streets—the world of prisoners, ex-convicts, and addicts. His book is an account of his childhood, his vocation, his ministry, and the stories of marginal persons in whom he finds Christ.
Theology Digest Magazine


“James Peterson’s profound spirituality, the breadth of his ministry, and his great compassion for the vulnerable in our society are truly awesome.”
Rev. Msgr. George G. Higgins

9780824517724
Paperback / 192 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9
CROSSROAD, 1999