Patriot Priest tells the story of Msgr. William A. Hemmick and an era of history. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, and raised in Europe, he became fluent in five languages. When the First World War broke out, he felt committed to help the troops. After the war, he was proclaimed the ‘Patriot Priest of Picardy’ by the Army and Navy. After years spent in Paris, Hemmick was asked by the Vatican to come to Rome. Ultimately, he became the only American Canon of St. Peter’s representing the Knights of Malta to the Holy See.
He performed the nuptials of American film star Tyrone Power and Linda Christian, and he converted the future Queen Astrid of Belgium. This is not only the story of one individual; it is a personal glimpse at an epic era in history, from WWI to Paris between the wars, to WWII and its aftermath.
“Father Hemmick brought his considerable influence to several pivotal moments in world history – World Wars I and II plus the Cold War. Daly-Lipe has given us a valuable glimpse into the life of this thoughtful and engaging man.” ~ John DeDakis, author and former CNN Senior Copy Editor for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”
Patricia Daly-Lipe received her Ph.D. in the Arts and Humanities from Columbia Pacific University, her M.A. in American Literature from California State University, and her B.A. in Philosophy from Vassar College. She has taught English composition, literature, and writing in colleges, writing centers, and universities. She has written for magazines and newspapers including Beach and Bay Press and La Jolla Village News, in California, and The Georgetowner and Uptowner Newspapers in Washington, DC. Ms. Daly-Lipe is the author of five books including the award winning La Jolla, A Celebration of Its Past 9780932653550.