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The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith

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St. Brigid Church was one of San Francisco’s great landmarks in the early 1990s. The church itself had weathered depressions and natural disasters, epic earthquakes and a massive fire. Its loyal congregation was active, vibrant, and growing. But in 1993, without warning, the Catholic archdiocese mysteriously ordered its doors to be closed.

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2006)
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Oct 05, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
A compelling and inspiring read about a group of Catholics who banded together to save their beloved church. Their faith grew over the years of their exile even though the Church they thought they knew turned it's back on them.
Sep 16, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When the Archdiocese of San Francisco announces that it intends to close the historic St. Brigid Church, the parishioners are initially stunned. But they quickly rally to defend their church, a fight that would drag on to become the longest running parish protest in the United States. This is the story of that parish and of the parishioners devoted to saving their landmark church. Their battle takes them to the Vatican, to city hall and to the sta
Jan 23, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
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a biography of the closing of and attempt to save st. brigid's, a 150 year old catholic church in san francisco. the church survived a half dozen major earthquakes but couldn't survive the greed and arrogance of the san francisco archdiocese "leadership" and rome.
the congregation, to the dissappointment of catholic hierarchy, still survives acting Christlike while many of those involved in shutting it down involve themselves in paying off victims of pediphile priests and dodging charges of pedi
Jul 08, 2016 Peggy rated it it was amazing
The author writes, "...It is my hope that people of any faith, or no faith, will enjoy this book for its drama, its twists and turns, the secrets revealed, and for the incredible characters, who are funny and flawed, stubborn and forgiving." And it's all true!

An Amazon reviewer writes: "It is an extraordinary story of both anti-Christian and super-Christian behavior. Guthrie crafts the story of how a diverse group of churchgoers united to save their church and became a [closely knit] community
Jun 16, 2012 Maddie rated it it was ok
Not sure how to explain this - but I was bothered when reading this book. I understand that this is based on real story, with real people. But I don't really feel like I can identify with these people, and nor with their plights - with maybe an exception of one person, whose story is more a quite contemplation. I don't think that the author did a good job in fleshing them out - and having the story presented in 2-5 pages of "act", the constantly having to switch focus from person point of view ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
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Whether you are interested in Catholicism or not, this is an interesting account of how a very diverse group of people were able to overcome their differences to work towards a common goal and how they dealt with the dillusionment and betrayal.
Feb 14, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it
A well-written history of the fight to save St. Brigid Church on the corner of VanNess and broadway in San Francisco. I loved reading it. Even more because I lived a round the corner from this church for the first 12 years in SF.
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A discouraging story of a faith community trying to save their parish against overwhelming odds.
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Julian Guthrie is a journalist with the San Francisco Chronicle, who has won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Public Service Award. Her feature writing and enterprise reporting have been nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize.

Her articles have also been published by, San Francisco Magazine, Forbes FYI and Conde Na
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