There are unexpected benefits to working for the Church. One is that the office I work in, the Diocesan Tribunal, is across the hall from the Office of the Bishop. Our offices interact frequently and I see the bishop on a fairly regular basis. After my debut novel,
Kelegeen, was released in March of 2018, I presented a signed copy to Bishop McManus. Since one of the main characters is a priest, I thought he might enjoy it.
I resisted the temptation to voice any of the multitude of jokes that statement brought to mind.
“I was so busy with all the things I had to do before leaving for Rome,” he continued, “that I completely forgot to pack your book.” I tried not to appear as crestfallen as I felt, though I’m not sure I succeeded.
“However,” he continued, “Monsignor Kelly will be visiting from Rome in November. I will ask him to take it with him when he returns.”
ll, I thought, patience is a virtue. I’ll just have to wait a bit longer.
In mid-November the bishop informed me that Monsignor Kelly had indeed taken the book and my letter with him upon his return to Rome and had emailed him to let him know that he had brought the book directly to the pope’s residence. I could not have hoped for better than that!