Who were Catholicism’s greatest orators? What was the key to their effectiveness? Was it mere scholastic ability or spiritual inspiration? The answer is “both.” In this follow-up work to his 2011 book, Masters of Preaching: The Most Poignant and Powerful Homilists in Church History, Reverend Ray E. Atwood examines the lives, theologies, and preaching examples of the Church’s greatest preachers. This book tells the story, in biographical form, of Catholic preaching from the Old Testament through today, concluding with the homilies of Benedict XVI.

Masters of Preaching: More Poignant and Powerful Homilists in Church History takes the reader around the world in search of homiletic gems. Readers will learn about the stories of familiar figures, such as Saint Gregory the Great, and less familiar figures, such as Monsignor Francis Friedl. Readers will also discover how these men moved their congregations to deeper faith and greater understanding of the mysteries of salvation.

Two appendices at the end of the book serve as a terrific resource for those looking for practical illustrations of lectionary themes. This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the subjects of public speaking and Church history.

Rev. Ray E. Atwood is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He was raised in Waterloo. He attended Columbus High School in Waterloo and Drake University in Des Moines, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism/Mass Communication. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Systematic Theology from the Josephinum Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Father Atwood was ordained in 1994, and has been pastor of Prince of Peace Cluster, consisting of St. Paul’s Parish, Traer; St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Parish, Eagle Center; and Sacred Heart Parish, La Porte City since 2012. He earned an M.Div. and an M.A. in Systematic Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He is author of the book, Masters of Preaching: The Most Poignant and Powerful Homilists in Church History (2011).