The Right Reverend Monsignor Joseph F. Stedman was a well-known American priest and author from Brooklyn, NY where he attended St. Joseph's School and St. Francis College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham College before joining St. John's Seminary and being ordained in May 1921. In 1925, Father Stedman assumed the two-fold role of Chaplain for Brooklyn's Monastery of the Precious Blood and Director for the Confraternity of the Precious Blood, which operated out of its Sisters Adorers' Monastery Chapel. His writings include My Sunday Missal, with illustrations by Ade Bethune, as well as the Our Holy Faith series, the "Triple" Jesus, Mary, Joseph Novena Manual, My Daily Readings from the Four Gospels, and My Lenten Missal. At the time of his death in 1946, at age forty-eight, it was noted that more than 13 million copies of his books had been sold.