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Les Costello: Canada's Flying Father Paperback – Jan 28 2005

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Novalis (Jan. 28 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2895076316
  • ISBN-13: 978-2895076315
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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For the general reader with an interest in Roman Catholicism and the history of hockey.

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Father Les Costello has long been a legend in the mining towns of northern Ontario. A member of a Stanley Cup-winning Toronto Maple Leafs team at age 20, Costello gave up the glory of pro hockey to become a Roman Catholic priest.

But he didn't hang up his skates. In 1963 he founded the Flying Fathers, a team of hockey-playing priests that used zany carnival antics to raise millions of dollars for charity.

Costello was a tireless worker and champion of the poor. When he died, his funeral was held in a hockey arena to make room for the 2000 people who attended. It was a fitting tribute to a man who saw the church as a community that went beyond the walls of a parish.

Les Costello was a pro hockey player at a time when Conn Smythe was the caesar of Carlton Street, a maverick priest during a time of a growing crisis in vocations and identity in the Canadian Catholic church. Through it all, his passion for justice, his faith, and his ribald sense of humour made him a colourful hero for our times.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Crowley on Nov. 3 2006
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A tremendous book, which members of our family have read over and over again. We have lent it to friends and many ordered copies for their friends. You will laugh and cry.

Highly recommended.
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By Ron Gervais on April 19 2015
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Knew the man, loved the book. Well written,, truthful and worth the reading time.
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By Alan Bischoff on April 11 2015
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Excellent book.
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Very informative, and well written Oct. 2 2013
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A great book about a little known (outside of Canada) hockey playing priest! The author does a nice job of patching together anecdotes and facts to tell the inspiring story of Fr. Les Costello and how he combined his love for the Church, the poor, and Canada's favorite pastime! On the other hand, Angus regurgitates a misunderstood vision of the Church as an institution and repeats some of the standard fallacies about what ails Catholicism in the modern era and how it might be remedied. Still, the book was about Fr. Costello and in that regard, it was a winner!