In June we shared news about an autobiography Fr. Herman Falke, SCJ, was working on with editor Michael J. Walsh of Mosaic Press. As Michael noted in an article published in the Catholic Register (Toronto Catholic weekly), Fr. Herman’s art is very contemporary but his communication tools are rooted in the pre-laptop era. The Canadian SCJ priest submitted the first eight chapters of his draft on handwritten pages with pictures glued in place, indicating where he thought that they might best fit.
The handwritten draft is now a formatted digital book, just about ready for print.
“It is a fully illustrated autobiography of 150 pages from a still active 93-year-old sculptor and priest, who had a 78-year-old ‘kid’ named Michael J. Walsh serve as his editor,” said Michael.
“In life, happy events are interwoven with set-backs,” writes Fr. Herman at the end of the book. “One can just let life pass you by, or one can use it as a learning experience, or even celebrate it in art, music, drama. As the Good Book states in Psalm 90: ‘Our lifespan is seventy years, or eighty for the strong. Yet mostly they bring us trouble and sorrow.’ Then the Psalmist ends with a prayerful wish: ‘Make us come to terms with that relative shortness of our life, so that we may gain wisdom of heart.’
“I am content: I loved my life in spite of my introverted hesitation of shouting out that happiness. I trust that my paintings and sculptures may do the shouting for me.”
Click here to read more about the book. It will be available in the United States in 2022 from IPG. However, there is currently a pre-publish 30% discount from Mosaic Press for direct buyers
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