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Follies of a Navy Chaplain by [Maguire, Connell J.]
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Connell J. Maguire came to America with his large Irish family from Glenties, County Donegal, when he was 11 years old. He grew up in Philadelphia, attended LaSalle University, aspired to be an actor or a playwright, became a priest, joined the Navy, served as a chaplain in Vietnam and, at the age of 92, still ministers part time to a congregation in Indiantown, Fla. "Follies of a Navy Chaplain" is a collection of charming anecdotes about his childhood in Ireland, coming to America, his colorful siblings, the priesthood, the Navy, Vietnam, and retirement, as well as poetry and a pair of one-act plays.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Chi Chi Press (Sept. 17 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043GX8BK
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I found this book to be very entertaining. Written in short chapters that outline different subjects, it makes for an easy and delightful read. It's fresh each time you pick it up. Irish humor and turmoil abound in Father Maguire's stories, and become vivid to the reader. His memory of the fight with his brother about what constituted "half-way to carry the milk bucket" was enchanting, as were most of his written memories. I recommend this book highly. It is a jovial, relaxing, honest book.
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Some of the things that happened to Father Maguire while still in Ireland make for priceless stories in his book. I found the piece regarding his brother fighting with him over how far they had to carry the milk particularly delightful. His military experiences are varied and interesting.
This is especially a good read for people "on-the-go", since it can be read by chapters without missing a beat.
I have highly recommended this book to others.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa27f5e10) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0xa280e9a8) out of 5 stars Follies of a Navy Chaplain review Oct. 15 2012
By Ron - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to admit that unfortunately, this book was a disappointment to me. I am retired from the Navy reserve and have always enjoyed reading people's sea stories etc of their time in the Navy. Being Catholic and knowing many chaplains over the years I looked forward to reading this priest's account.

He started off well with a very entertaining account of his childhood. Many of the accounts were hilarious. His recounting of coming to America was interesting but right off the start you could see that he was not including a lot of details surrounding the adventure of coming over and how it all came to be. He mentions bits and pieces of things but big gaps are there where, in a basic human interest story, the reader would want to know more about some of these details.

From there, the book was, sadly, a big disappointment. He spoke of very little of his early life in America and nothing of what made him decide to become a priest. He revealed nothing about his years in the seminary and nothing much about how he came to decide to become a Navy Chaplain. Okay, I might excuse that thinking that the meat of his book was about his life as a chaplain. That did not happen.

I FULLY understand that there are parts of a Chaplain's life that he (or she) cannot relate due to the delicacy of keeping a chaplain's confidentiality with their flock. However, he did not really relate anything too monumental so as to write a book about it. In several instances where he DID relate interesting stories he left you hanging about what happened to some of the characters. They appear, he talks about them and interesting things that happened and then he abruptly stops talking about them. Some of them, you would like to know, for example, if they lived or recovered from their episode during war. (Viet Nam) He says nothing on too many occasions. He did relate what tragically happened to some but he said nothing about others and I found myself wondering what became of them.

He also failed to discuss much of what I would call the human philosophy of life. Here was a Navy Chaplain who traveled widely, interacted with loads of people and experienced much in the line of human drama and at the end he said virtually nothing of how this all affected him, how he came away thinking about it all and what his impressions and life lessons were from it. Both in a human and theological way.

IF you are looking for light reading on an interesting subject of the type of conversational subject you might run into at a good dinner, then you may find this book enjoyable. As I said, for light reading only. IF you are expecting a deep, thought provoking narrative about the life of a Navy Chaplain and deeper aspects of the human condition, I sadly believe you will be disappointed with it.

Incidentally, in Mid 2012 I happened to see an obituary in the newspaper. It contained a photo of a man in his Naval Officers uniform so I was drawn to read it. It turned out to be the Obituary for the Chaplain writer of this book. He died in his nineties. The book was published when he was still alive and retired.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa280ebf4) out of 5 stars Delightful serendipity! Sept. 26 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I just now rediscovered Father Joe while surfing on my Kindle Fire! He, of course, will not remember me or my lovely bride of nearly fifty-three years! On March 18, 1960, a balmy Friday evening, Connell J. Maguire married Carol and me at the Key West Naval Station Chapel. At the time, I was a Second Class Petty Officer, a Sonarman, at the Fleet Sonar School, located almost directly across the street from the chapel.

What a long bumpy ride since then. At once trying, satisfying, and rewarding. We stayed a Navy family, with tours throughout the world including Vietnam and while raising a son and a daughter. Carol and I retired in 1976 after twenty-one years of active military service. Any medals I earned are as much hers as they are mine.

At age sixty-three I began writing fiction. Eleven years and sixteen novels later my writing partner and I are busy outlining number seventeen.

Stay well, Father Joe. I plan to look for you again in another fifty-three years!

James (Jim) Ide, The Nintoku Incident
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa280ee34) out of 5 stars Follies and fun June 19 2003
By John Partin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very entertaining. Written in short chapters that outline different subjects, it makes for an easy and delightful read. It's fresh each time you pick it up. Irish humor and turmoil abound in Father Maguire's stories, and become vivid to the reader. His memory of the fight with his brother about what constituted "half-way to carry the milk bucket" was enchanting, as were most of his written memories. I recommend this book highly. It is a jovial, relaxing, honest book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa27a20cc) out of 5 stars Fizzled Out Nov. 6 2012
By bobsebrof - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I got this book to get an insight into the life of a navy chaplain. The book started out reasonably interesting with stories about family life. I was disappointed that there was very little about how he became a Navy Chaplain or his seminar training. There was also nothing much about his life as a Chaplain so apparently he didn't think it worth reporting on. He spoilt the book by filling it with mediocre scripts that had nothing to do with his life as a Chaplain. After the first one I stopped reading.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa280ef48) out of 5 stars Father Joe's Book May 9 2012
By M. ONeill - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a delightful book of short episodes in the life of Father Joe. Born in Ireland, he came to US with his family at 11. He was a Catholic priest who served as a Chaplain in the Navy. His humor shines through every story. It is an uplifting book and easy to read.