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To Raise the Fallen: A Selection of the War Letters,

Prayers and Spiritual Writings of Fr Willie Doyle

Author(s): Dr Patrick Kenny

ISBN13: 9781847308078

ISBN10: 1847308074

Publisher: Veritas

Extent: 192 pp

Binding: Casebound with dust jacket

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  • ‘Father Doyle was one of the best priests I have ever met, and one of the bravest men who ever fought or worked out here.’

    Major-General Hickie, 16th (Irish) Division

    Dublin-born military chaplain Willie Doyle SJ died in action during the Battle of Passchendaele on 16 August 1917, having been hit by a German shell while rushing to the aid of wounded soldiers trapped in No Man's Land. In To Raise the Fallen, Patrick Kenny introduces readers to this remarkable figure from Irish Catholicism whose faith, courage and generosity in the face of untold devastation continues to inspire Christians and non-Christians alike.

    To Raise the Fallen comprises a selection of Willie Doyle’s rich and vivid letters from the front, alongside diary entries, prayers, spiritual writings and extracts from pamphlets on the vocational life that made him a publishing sensation across Europe in the early years of the twentieth century. Father Doyle’s compassion, cheerfulness and humility, alongside his great valour in wartime, are testament to his commitment to Gospel values, while his final act of bravery truly epitomises Christ’s edict that there ‘is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’.

  • Dr Patrick Kenny

    Dr Patrick Kenny is senior lecturer in the College of Business at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has a keen interest in the history of Catholicism in Ireland and blogs about Fr Willie Doyle in his spare time (

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