"The Journey Never Ends
responds to the hunger, shared by all of us, to be known intimately and authentically and serves as a reliable spirit guide for fellow pilgrims making their way, generation after generation, to the ones we love." --From the foreword by Thomas Lynch
, Poet, essayist, and author of The Undertaking
"We have all been told to give away our lives, but few tell us how to give away our deaths just as generously. What a courageous and life-affirming idea! Mary Petrosky is your good guide here and in ways that you perhaps never imagined. One wonders why dozens of books have not been written on this very important subject." --Rev. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
, Author of Falling Upward
"This is a small spiritual oasis amid the expansive modern secular desert. The enlivening questions Mary Petrosky asks reminds me of ones posited by Abraham Joshua Heschel. The themes she puts forth call to mind Henri Nouwen and Joyce Rupp. However, the suggestions made on how to write a 'spiritual will' are guided by her own life--born of more than sixty years as a woman religious committed to prayer, honesty, authenticity, and of course as a Franciscan, compassionate service. On a quiet evening or a break during the week please enter the oasis she has provided for you. This oasis book will help you not to miss what could be the heart of the remainder of your life and to become more keenly aware of the particular gift you are to others." --Robert J. Wicks
, Author of Riding the Dragon
"It is joy to read Mary Petrosky's very accessible guide to planning a spiritual will. Her own religious life experience has shaped a beautiful volume with warm, elegant suggestions on how to organize the reader's plans for a prayerful legacy." --Anne H. McCormick
, Trustee of the Thomas Merton Legacy Trust
"Mary Petrosky's book is a treasury of Franciscan wisdom about how looking ahead to a world where I will no longer be present can help me live more deeply in this
world, live more alive to the beauty of life around me, live more deeply into the mystery of the God who grounds my being and invites me to a life of love." --William R. Burrows
, Research Professor of Missiology, New York Theological Seminary
--This text refers to the paperback
Sr. Mary Petrosky, F.M.M.
, is a psychiatric social worker and a spiritual director who has served her religious order--the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary--in the United States, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.
She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary community in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1951 and professed first vows in 1954. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Emmanuel College (magna cum laude) in Boston and made her final vows in 1957. She earned a master's degree in psychiatric social work from St. Louis University in 1957 and a master's degree in systematic theology with an emphasis on spiritual direction from the Jesuit School of Theology in 1979.
Petrosky has worked in family and child care in New York City and in Sydney, Australia. She founded a counseling center in Papua New Guinea and taught at Holy Spirit Seminary and Xavier Institute of Missiology. She has served in leadership roles for her order in Australia and Papua New Guinea and was provincial of the US Province. She has been at Holy Name of Jesus Convent in New York City, where she has been involved in spiritual direction and pastoral work, since 2003. She also serves in bereavement ministry at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.Thomas Lynch
is an American poet, essayist, and funeral director. His essay collection, The Undertaking
, won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award.Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M.
, is president of Siena College in Albany, New York.
--This text refers to the paperback