Priestdaddy, a memoir by Patricia Lockwood

Started by Charles Austin, June 10, 2017, 08:13:43 AM

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Charles Austin

Priestdaddy by poet Patricia Lockwood, is the account of her life as the daughter of a Lutheran pastor who became a married Roman Catholic priest. It is reviewed in The New York Times tomorrow - June 11 - and is getting noticed elsewhere.

The New York Times Review is below, if you are able to access it.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/books/review/priestdaddy-patricia-lockwood-memoir.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbooks&action=click&contentCollection=books&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

And here is an excerpt from The New York Times review:
The Lockwoods are the exception to Tolstoy's rule about happy families: They are, for the most part, a happy bunch, but happy in a way that is all their own. Lockwood's father, Greg, is also Father Greg, a Catholic priest with a large family, which makes him a walking oxymoron. An atheist until the Navy, he found God in a submarine. On dry land, he became a Lutheran minister, overseeing a flock of people with a fondness for bright felt banners and mayonnaise. But Lutheranism is ultimately unsatisfying, and he converts to Catholicism, the religion of Lockwood's mother, Karen. "Here is how it works: When a married minister of another faith converts ... he can apply to Rome for a dispensation to become a married Catholic priest. He is allowed, yes, to keep his wife. He is even allowed to keep his children, no matter how bad they might be." None other than Joseph Ratzinger, a.k.a. Pope Benedict XVI, gives Greg Lockwood the stamp of approval.
And so Patricia Lockwood and her siblings grow up in rectories in "all the worst cities of the Midwest." Karen is den mother extraordinaire, tidying up after her irrepressible husband, who fries up pounds of bacon, tries to hunt deer, washes his body with dish soap, shreds his groovy red guitar, answers the door at all hours to desperate people seeking $5 and/or odd jobs, tends to the dying and the newly born, gets arrested at an abortion protest, loudly coaches action heroes on television and generally leaves a trail of blessed mess wherever he goes ("The dining room looks like a dog just opened a birthday present in it"). Of course, Karen is and does much more than a den mother, and one of the pleasures of this memoir is its particularly tender mother-daughter bond. Karen is indefatigable and largehearted, a caretaker who cooks for family, seminarians, parishioners and workers alike, and frets over their collective health. She's also a fount of hilarity and superlative turns of phrase, which Lockwood appreciates as the antecedent to her own way with words.

I have Kindled the book and intend to read it soon.
Iowa-born. Long-time in NY/New Jersey, former LWF staff in Geneva.
ELCA PASTOR, ordained 1967. Former journalist. Retired in Minneapolis. Often critical of the ELCA, but more often a defender of its mission. Ignoring the not-so-subtle rude insults which often appear here.

Daniel L. Gard


Charles Austin

Thank you. That answers one of my questions, namely from what part of Lutheranism did he come.
Iowa-born. Long-time in NY/New Jersey, former LWF staff in Geneva.
ELCA PASTOR, ordained 1967. Former journalist. Retired in Minneapolis. Often critical of the ELCA, but more often a defender of its mission. Ignoring the not-so-subtle rude insults which often appear here.

Michael Slusser

Quote from: Charles Austin on June 10, 2017, 10:32:03 AM
Thank you. That answers one of my questions, namely from what part of Lutheranism did he come.
According to the review excerpt you cited, he went from atheism to Christian faith, first as a Lutheran. Interesting that he was in the same branch of the armed services as Admiral Gard, as well as having been his seminary classmate.

Peace,
Michael
Fr. Michael Slusser
Retired Roman Catholic priest and theologian

Charles Austin

#4
The paths we take are often surprising, father Slusser. My seminary classmates discussed this at our reunion.  Some of us, perhaps most of us, took the path we thought we were taking, some others took surprising turns.
But none of us, so far as I know, had poet daughters writing a memoir.
Iowa-born. Long-time in NY/New Jersey, former LWF staff in Geneva.
ELCA PASTOR, ordained 1967. Former journalist. Retired in Minneapolis. Often critical of the ELCA, but more often a defender of its mission. Ignoring the not-so-subtle rude insults which often appear here.

peter_speckhard

What, if any, is the relation to the Australian Gregory Lockwood who taught Greek at CTSFW?

Charles Austin

Iowa-born. Long-time in NY/New Jersey, former LWF staff in Geneva.
ELCA PASTOR, ordained 1967. Former journalist. Retired in Minneapolis. Often critical of the ELCA, but more often a defender of its mission. Ignoring the not-so-subtle rude insults which often appear here.

Daniel L. Gard

There are two Greg Lockwoods who are unrelated. The one is discussed in the link. The other is an Australian theologian who was my colleague for a number of years at CTSFW before returning down under.

Only the name is the same.

Harvey_Mozolak

"before returning down under."   You really should capitalize Down Under, else it does sound unduly ominous.    :-\   :)   (there I have used up at one time my quotas of faces)
Harvey S. Mozolak
my poetry blog is listed below:

http://lineandletterlettuce.blogspot.com

Daniel L. Gard

Quote from: Harvey_Mozolak on June 10, 2017, 02:34:55 PM
"before returning down under."   You really should capitalize Down Under, else it does sound unduly ominous.    :-\   :)   (there I have used up at one time my quotas of faces)

Sorry. I did not mean to commit a microaggression or appear Australianophobic. :)

Richard Johnson

Quote from: Daniel L. Gard on June 10, 2017, 03:34:26 PM
Quote from: Harvey_Mozolak on June 10, 2017, 02:34:55 PM
"before returning down under."   You really should capitalize Down Under, else it does sound unduly ominous.    :-\   :)   (there I have used up at one time my quotas of faces)

Sorry. I did not mean to commit a microaggression or appear Australianophobic. :)

Don't let Harvey's tone-policing get to you, Dan.
The Rev. Richard O. Johnson, STS

Donald_Kirchner

#11
Quote from: Harvey_Mozolak on June 10, 2017, 02:34:55 PM
"before returning down under."   You really should capitalize Down Under, else it does sound unduly ominous.    :-\   :)   (there I have used up at one time my quotas of faces)

You find the phrase "down under" foreboding and threatening?! Wow, You must have found Madonna's video album really menacing!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girlie_Show:_Live_Down_Under
Don Kirchner

"Heaven's OK, but it's not the end of the world." Jeff Gibbs

Harvey_Mozolak

her album appears to be capitalized... however, madonna, (not my diminishment of her name, is herself quite menacing.   Do folks who come from DU go Up and Over to get here?  I know we go over the Pond to get to Europe...  I tried to add a un-menaced face but I have run over my quota for the duration. 
Harvey S. Mozolak
my poetry blog is listed below:

http://lineandletterlettuce.blogspot.com

Donald_Kirchner

Quote from: Harvey_Mozolak on June 10, 2017, 08:35:20 PM
her album appears to be capitalized... however, madonna, (not my diminishment of her name, is herself quite menacing.

You find Madonna menacing, Snowflake?   ;D You need to find a safe place, Harvey, to protect you from offense by POP, et al.   ;)
Don Kirchner

"Heaven's OK, but it's not the end of the world." Jeff Gibbs

Charles Austin

I am a couple of chapters into the book. She is a very charming writer.
Iowa-born. Long-time in NY/New Jersey, former LWF staff in Geneva.
ELCA PASTOR, ordained 1967. Former journalist. Retired in Minneapolis. Often critical of the ELCA, but more often a defender of its mission. Ignoring the not-so-subtle rude insults which often appear here.

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