Fredericksburg's St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church is steeped in history, from its antebellum roots in overwhelmingly Protestant Virginia through the carnage of the American Civil War and its aftermath to the modern age which finds its congregation nearly 17,000 strong. Its story comes alive in Here Is The Church: A History of St. Mary Parish through the chronicling of local newspapers and first person accounts.
"Tradition and memory of the past must help us to have the courage to open up new areas to God." -- Pope Francis
It's 1974. Vietnam is a recent memory. For Father Damon Keith, reassigned to Quantico, it's a time for new beginnings and familiar challenges. The heroic sacrifice of Navy Chaplain Vincent Capodanno, posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, may be fresh in the American public's mind, but in some quarters a peacetime military chaplaincy is considered expendable. Michael O'Shea, Quantico's top prosecutor and Father Damon's oldest friend, has asked him to instruct his bride-to-be in the faith . . . and Damon finds himself falling in love. But within days of the chaplain's arrival on base, a Woman Marine is found sexually assaulted and murdered, and a Marine chaplain's assistant is placed in custody for the crime. Strange telephone calls seem to implicate someone from Damon's past--or even the priest himself. It's up to NIS Special Agent Harry Reiner, ex-Philly cop, recovering alcoholic and former altar boy, to make sense of it all . . .
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Grounded in truth, Matter of Discretion is more than a novel about a homicide investigation or military justice over 40 years ago. It's the story of Providence in friendships, souls in peril, and hope in conflicted, loving hearts.
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