A Broken Hallelujah

A Broken Hallelujah : The Making of a Christian Brother

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David's path through the Christian Brothers' regime is told here in intricate details, from Juniorate through to the Leaving Cert year to Teacher Training, and from there to work "on the mission". Major decision-making points are encountered, culminating in the final and most traumatic decision of all, that being whether or not to leave the Brothers' Congregation. His sense of entrapment by an inflexible and literal understanding of vocation, the answering of God's call, is illustrated, just as the author experienced it himself during his own journey with the Christian Brothers. This unique story also describes a type of training which has long since passed out of use, and has become, for many, a piece of history in itself. In detailing his experiences, the author creates a character who illustrated the dilemmas and challenges faced by a great number of people, and which reflect many of the challenges and difficulties that have shaped the Ireland of today.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 144 pages
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • 0752480707
  • 9780752480701

About Lorcan Leavy

Lorcan Leavy trained as a Christian Brother from 1959 to 1966. After this, he left to become a lay teacher, first in Gonzaga in Dublin, then in Meath and finally in Mayo. He has written for the stage, and supplement features for the national press.show more