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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Patriot Priest Documents the Remarkable Life of American Adventurer William Hemmick

Strategic Media Books has published Patricia Daly-Lipe's sixth book, Patriot Priest: The Biography of William Hemmick, a remarkable tale of the life of Msgr. William A Hemmick whose extraordinary experiences over several epochs give the reader a new personal perspective on history from WWI and WWII to the post-war era of the '50s and 60s. During his long life, Msgr. William interacted with some of the most notable movers and shakers of modern times, including Pope Benedict XV, Marshall Foch, artist Simon Elwes, Sir Shane Leslie, and F. Scott Fitzgerald who was once his student.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but raised in Europe, William A Hemmick became fluent in five languages. Ordained by Cardinal Gibbons in 1911, when the First World War broke out, he felt committed to help the troops. After the war, the U.S. Army and Navy  proclaimed him the "Patriot Priest of Picardy." After years spent in Paris between the wars, where he established and ran the American Catholic Welfare Centre for all those who had been traumatized by the war, the Vatican asked Father William to come to Rome. Ultimately, he became the only American Canon of St. Peter's representing the Knights of Malta to the Holy See. It was he who performed the nuptials of American film star Tyrone Power and Linda Christian. He also converted the future Queen Astrid of Belgium.

Although many stories and famous people permeate Hemmick’s life through the events of both world wars, this is not only  the story of oneindividual. It is a personal glimpse at an epic era in history, from WWI to Paris between the wars, to WWII  and its aftermath.

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