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Concerning Mary Ann

by Leo R. Ward

In the middle of the nineteenth century, a small band of Irish immigrants made their way to Monroe County, Iowa, where the hills and trees reminded them of Ireland. They broke the land, made their homes, built a church – a great rock cathedral in the wilderness which stands today in the hamlet of Georgetown, Iowa.

In 1950, Father Leo R. Ward, who was born in Monroe County, wrote the story of the Irish community of Monroe County, centering the tale around a child born in 1860 – a child whose life intertwined with community and church.

Published more than half a century ago, Concerning Mary Ann has been long out of print. This new edition preserves Father Ward’s text and adds illustrations – of the community, the history, and Mary Ann herself.

Leo R. Ward, C.S.C., was a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. The author of textbooks on philosophy and ethics, he also wrote several popular novels and was an award-winning poet. He was born in Melrose, Iowa in 1893, studied at Notre Dame, Catholic University, and Oxford, and was ordained a Holy Cross priest. He died in 1984.

192 pages, illustrated. $26.99

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