A Catholic Mind Awake


My anthology of Bernard Kelly’s writings has finally been launched by Angelico Press. It would be difficult to exaggerate the richness of Kelly’s mind. His works consist of articles and book reviews written over a quarter of a century, and one short book on Gerard Manley Hopkins, none of this ever before published together. Only now can they be read as a single and surprisingly cohesive opus; the effect is rather overwhelming. He died at the age of 51 in 1958, when I was but a wee lad, but I had the good fortune of happening upon his works and his family nearly 25 years ago in the U.K. It has been long in coming, but through the good services of Angelico Press and a young student of mine who is a whizz at typing and all things digital, we have finally given birth to the book. It was quite a labor to collate, edit and organize, and making the sometimes idiosyncratic text legible and accessible was not easy. I did, however, provide translations of his frequent quotes in Latin and French – including some Greek and Sanskrit terms – so that the monoglot reader need not shy away.  (For Contents, Introduction, photos of Kelly and sample chapter, see “Bernard Kelly” in the top menu.)