The Priests We Need to Save the Church

In The Priests We Need to Save the Church, Kevin Wells lays out a blueprint of priestly heroism, calling for today’s shepherds to take the narrow path of self-denial once tread by St. John Vianney, the priest-saint of old, and his own uncle, beloved Monsignor Thomas Wells, who, before his shocking murder, led more than a dozen men to the priesthood and affected the lives of thousands.

It is the day-to-day witness of the sacrificial parish priest that will rescue a Catholic Church in seemingly terminal disarray. Exploring the astounding impact that his Uncle Tommy — thought by many to be a martyr for the Faith — had on so many souls, Wells shows how only the sacrificial and steady work of the parish priest can steer the Church aright, forming it into the holy, fruitful institution Christ intended two thousand years ago.

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A Story of God's Grace When Life Falls Apart

When a thick vine of vessels in his brain burst one ordinary evening, Kevin Wells’ life took an abrupt, unanticipated turn. After having already navigated past a series of devastating events, the former sportswriter was now forced to push back death. And, miraculously, it was his beloved deceased uncle, Msgr. Tom Wells, who helped spearhead the comeback. In this riveting story, Wells details his reliance on steady humor, persistent faith and the prayers of thousands to win back life. The result is this spiritually-rich memoir, which offers hard-earned encouragement for those struggling through perilous times and looking for a reason to hang on. Readers will come to see what Wells eventually did: that Christ’s graces are always hidden in the pain.

From the Pastor's Desk

Spiritual Reflections by Msgr. Thomas M. Wells

The more than 200 reflections in this book are profound because each brings into focus a single call – the call to sainthood. Monsignor Thomas Wells – “Tommy” – murdered in his Mother Seton rectory in the year 2000, was considered by thousands of Catholics in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to be one of the greatest priests in the history of the diocese. But as an English major at Boston College, he also became a voracious reader and a superb writer. His writings in From the Pastor’s Desk, Spiritual Reflections reflect the mind of a theologian, philosopher, blood-and-guts shepherd and Irish storyteller with razor-sharp wit. In the aftermath of his death, this book was published by folks who gathered his most precious written heirlooms. Even if you never got the chance to know him, readers will fall in love with this most-uncommon and Eucharistic priest. For more information on Monsignor Thomas Wells, you can check out the Facebook page here.

Kevin Wells


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