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Celibate: A Memoir

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When twenty-eight-year-old Maria Giura fell in love with Catholic priest Father James Infanzi, she had no idea how needy and angry they both were nor how complicated their attraction would become.

His attention seemed to fill the void left by her fractured family, but he also seemed to be a sign for her to finally face the celibate vocation she'd been running from ever sinc
Published October 1st 2019 by Apprentice House
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Gilion Dumas
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When she was a young woman, Maria Giura fell in love with a Catholic priest. In her new memoir, Celibate, Giura writes about their complicated, angry relationship and how it led her to finally find her true calling.

In working through her history with Father Infanzi, Giura writes about how she began to appreciate that neither partner in their relationship was all right or all wrong; everyone brings emotional wounds from youth into adult relationships. Unlike what she felt at the time, Giura came
Marisa Labozzetta
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To be celibate is a choice made by a young woman who has exited a journey in search of love and belonging. Maria Giura takes the reader on that journey, sparing no details. We suffer her need to find place in a disrupted family and in her tenuous and unsatisfactory love affair with a selfish priest. We feel her pull away and acquiesce; her pleasure and her anguish; her anger and her compassion. This is an extraordinary memoir that attempts to explain choices made along that journey and then a fi ...more
Maria Pia
In her second book, Celibate: A Memoir, Maria Giura recounts the deep crisis and sense of misplacement that she experienced for many years and her hard won journey to inner peace. She gradually discovers this crisis had roots in her childhood and that it destabilizes her in adulthood. Between sexual drives on the one hand, and attraction to a religious vocation and to a Catholic priest on the other, Giura struggles against her instincts that push her in a direction that is increasingly wrong but ...more
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May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to thank Maria Giura for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Maria Giura is extremely courageous and strong to share her personal story with her readers in Celibate. This is a must read book that is eye opening on many different levels.

Celibate is a very fascinating book and unlike any memoir I have ever read before. It deals with issues that are forefront in the news today in that Priests go outside their vows. This was an incredibly powerful read and takes
Jill Smith
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maria Giura felt her calling as young as eight. She believed God was calling her to be a nun and that she was supposed to marry Him.

Eighteen years later, she meets thirty-year-old Catholic priest Father Infanzi. Her life for the next ten years is ironically entwined in his as she takes the necessary steps to leave her comfortable working life and pursue her calling. She wants to believe that she and Father Infanzi can be each other’s celibate significant other, but as time goes on, they fail mis
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Written as a personal memoir on answering to God's call to dedicate her life to Him, Maria Giura is struggling with understandable feelings for a handsome Catholic priest, father James Infanzi, and his libido and double life. Promiscuity instead of celibacy is the leitmotiv throughout this book in which ten years are needed to alternate between attracting and distracting, unraveling relational complexities, while going through the initiation stages of becoming a nun.

The reader is taken along a v
Eloise Carbone
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked! Celibate is a page turner. The reader follows Maria Giura’s painful journey of self-discovery as she courageously moves through her doubts, her confusion and her suffering in order to find her true path.
I was deeply touched by Maria’s faith in the Divine. A must read!
Nancy Burke
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and emotionally charged memoir of entanglement, love and truth. Highly recommended.
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