FATHER ATHOL MURRAY AND THE HOUNDS OF NOTRE DAME
Volume 12 Number 1
The first title reviewed is about a priest, Father Athol Murray, in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, who was responsible for setting up the Notre Dame College for local boys who could not afford to go to college away from home. ("Hounds" became the names of the students and teams of the college.) One of Father Murray's most outstanding achievements was the construction of the Tower of God in Wilcox. Designed to represent the world's great religions, the 120-foot structure contains one Moslem wall, a wall of Israel, and a wall of Christ.
In the second title, Jean de Brebeuf is returning from France to work with the Hurons again. Although he encounters many setbacks, he does develop a catechism in the Huron language and a French-Huron dictionary before being captured and tortured by the Iroquois. The third title concerns Marguerite Bourgeoys' overwhelming desire to travel to Montreal and teach, despite discouragement and hardships. Main points emphasized include the opening of her first school, receipt of the charter from King Louis IV, public pronouncement of vows of Canada's first Order of Sisters, and her death in 1700.
These three titles, which comprise half of the Stories About Canadians series, are all written by Tom Bonic and beautifully illustrated by Krista Johnston. Although the size and general format would prove very appealing to reluctant readers, because of lack of detail, these titles should only be used to supplement an already existing biographical collection.
Jo Anna Bums-Patton, Cote St. Luc P. L., Cote St. Luc, QC.
1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995
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