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Called to Serve: The Untold Story of Father Irenaeus Herscher OFM was published by the Franciscan Institute in November 2018. The official biography of Thomas Merton's "Happy little Franciscan" and librarian, as well as spiritual advisor to many, including yours truly. Father's story comprises several threads: his journey to America at the start of World War I as an impoverished 11-year-old from Alsace-Lorraine; his call to vocation, while working as 17-year-old shipyard worker in Camden, NJ, then his unlikely rise into the halls of academe as a highly regarded historian and archivist. He becomes a kind of "Father Gump" as his life intersects with many famous personalities and big events of the 20th century, and he had a lot of stories to tell. Available from the Franciscan Institute, franciscanpublications.com (paperback, $24.99) or as an e-book from Nook/Barnes and Noble ($8.49) More information at the Facebook page "Remembering Father Irenaeus"