Raising Gentle Men

Lives at the Orphanage Edge

RGM wins 2014 Catholic Press Award

by Jay Sullivan - June 23rd, 2014.
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The Catholic Press Association awarded First Prize for 2014 Best Book by a Small Publisher to Raising Gentle Men! We’re very pleased they found the plight of the boys of Alpha so compelling and the dedication of the Sisters of Mercy so inspiring.

The judges said:

“This book stands out for its honesty. An account of the author’s two post-Boston College years as a volunteer in Jamaica, it touches on his teaching job at a Jesuit school but focuses on his year as an after-school live-in role model at a boys’ orphanage in Kingston. Without being maudlin, writer Jay Sullivan portrays the orphans’ hunger for adult attention and affection as well as their very real hungers for food and other necessities as provided by the Sisters of Mercy who operate Alpha Boys School. Sullivan clearly delights in his time with the boys; at the same time he is frank about the necessary balance provided by interaction with the other American volunteers in his group. “Raising Gentle Men” is a winner.”

1 Response to RGM wins 2014 Catholic Press Award

  1. […] worked with the youngsters at Alpha House. Sullivan has chronicled his time at Alpha House in the award-winning book Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge (Apprentice House, 2013).  Read a review in […]

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