The Priestly Writer

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I write for many of the same reasons that I wanted to become a priest. I want to bear witness to a sacramental vision. I want to admit my life as a sinner. Rather than judge others, I want to use empathy to sketch their imperfect lives on the page, and find the God that I know resides within them. Similar to the life of a priest, there is a space for silence in my writing life, but also a time of engagement with both reader and place.

Priesthood and a writer’s life may be more similar than one would anticipate. Explore the journey of a man attempting to reconcile his faith with his passions over at The Millions.


Mary Allen is a writer working, crafting, and making bad puns in the San Francisco Bay Area. More from this author →