Since Finbarr M Corr came from Ireland to the US in 1960 as a missionary priest, he has led a very full life. His ministry included working with inner-city youth and the adults of Northern New Jersey as well as counseling engaged and married couples. From his early years in Paterson, NJ, he was not just tolerant of other cultures and religions, but built bridges of communication and trust among people so that together they could work together for a better world.

After 28 joy-filled years as a Catholic priest, Finbarr resigned the priesthood to marry Laurie Hutton. He continued his ministry as marriage and family therapist, professor and writer. An active Rotarian, he now fosters dialogue between Muslims, Jews and Christians as a step towards world peace and understanding.

Finbarr many readers enjoy his Irish wit, the insights into relationships that he offers, and the way in which he encourages all not to be inhibited by life's obstacles but to the cross the bridge to a more fulfilling life.


Finbarr Corr, author and publisher, is a native of Legaginney, Ballinagh, County Cavan, Ireland.

He was a student of St Patrick's College from 1949 until 1954. In his first book, "A Kid from Legaginney" he recalls his youth in Legaginney, his years in St Pat's and his time in the seminary. He served as a priest for 28 years in America before leaving the ministry, marrying and becoming a therapist. His first book takes us through his life journey from student to priesthood to therapist.


Bless Me Mother
As Dr. Finbarr Corr was writing his previous book "Broken Promises…" the following question haunted him. Why doesn’t the male hierarchy have more respect for the important roles women have played in the Church? He decided to research the past and present situation and that is how this new book, Bless Me Mother, How The Church Leaders Fail Women, was born.

Based on his own history as a priest and psychotherapist, Dr. Corr has combined thorough research with scholarship and wit to provide a thoughtful and challenging text. It is truly an inspiring piece of literature.

During the decades he served as a priest he found women making a tremendous contribution to parish life. Later as a pastor he included women in his team approach and found their participation was very valuable. When he established the Family Life agency in the Paterson Diocese of New Jersey, he was very impressed by the women who served as leaders and featured speakers.

Born in Ireland, he was well aware that women could rise to great heights and assume vast responsibilities as evidenced throughout Celtic history. In more recent times, women of high intelligence and inspirational wisdom have even served as President of the Irish Nation. In Ireland it is not unusual for a woman’s picture to adorn currency.

This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to gain more understanding of the role of women in the Church.


In Broken Promises: What happened to Vatican Council II? Finbarr examines the context and consequences of Vatican Council II fifty years after it was first convened: it's early promise; the popes and forces who have defined and managed its fate, including the possible reasons for their failure to embrace shared authority and openness; and the consequent disruption in major Catholic populations throughout the world. The author, who served as a priest before, during and after the Council explains why that there is still time for rescue and renewal even though the most damaging result of the Church hierarchy's failed follow through and cover up of sexual abuse of children by pedophile clergy now threatens the Church's very survival.

Check out Finbarr's 2007 Interview on "Wired on NECN":
Four Part Video

Finbarr strongly supports World Peace Through Understanding and is very active in this area.


"We don't often get to know the story of a priest's life, though I think we need to know more now, more than ever, that there are men and women of the cloth doing God's work. So here it is a memoir of a man doing just that, a man with a great heart and writing style that draws you in as if you were sitting by his fireside listening. Listening and being moved."

- Frank McCourt, the author of Angela's Ashes

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