New Biography Released About Bishop Martin J. O'Connor and the Pontifical North American College

Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni is pleased to announce the release of his new book, "The Second Founder: Bishop Martin J. O'Connor and the Pontifical."

Stamford, CT, September 04, 2013 --( Following World War II, the Catholic Church in America worked to reopen their national seminary in Rome, which had been confiscated by the Italian government. This is a recounting of the work by the post-war rector, Bishop Martin J. O'Connor, to re-open and build a new American seminary, and the project involved large personalities: Pope Pius XII, Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York, Cardinal Edward Mooney of Detroit, Count Enrico Galeazzi, the American Government, the Italian Government, the Soviet Government of the USSR, Louis B. Meyer and Hollywood moguls and money.

“It is simply my self appointed goal to help set the record straight about Martin J. O'Connor and his greatest work as the second founder of the Pontifical North American College,” says Stephen M. DiGiovanni.

Book Information:
The Second Founder
Author: Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 978-1466961494
Published: February 2013
Pages: 310

About The Author:
Stephen DiGiovanni is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. An alumnus of the Pontifical North American College in Rome who received his doctorate in Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1983. He served in various parishes, as rector of the diocesan seminary, and as pastor of the Basilica of Saint John in Stamford since 1998.

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Stephen M. DiGiovanni
Stephen M. DiGiovanni