Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

In Mysterious Ways

The Death and Life of a Parish Priest

by Paul Wilkes

“A hell of a story . . . Extraordinarily well-reported and well-written.” –The Boston Globe

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 256
  • Publication Date November 15, 2001
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3851-4
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $17.00

About The Book

In Mysterious Ways is widely recognized as one of the best books about Catholicism today—a modern-day Diary of a Country Priest. Paul Wilkes paints an intimate and affecting portrait of Father Joseph Greer, the pastor of Saint Patrick’s Church in Natick, Massachusetts, as he struggles with a terminal case of bone marrow cancer. Even as it unflinchingly depicts the pastor’s harrowing fight to live, In Mysterious Ways is ultimately an uplifting story of transcendence. Despite his intense physical and spiritual agony, Father Greer continues to be a bulwark for his parishioners, who look to him for strength and certainty. A book that will appeal to readers of any religious background, In Mysterious Ways offers a powerful vision of fortitude, leadership, and the limitless capabilities of a strong human spirit.


“A wonderful and inspiring book.” –Chicago Tribune

“A deeply moving book; it could, and should, become a spiritual classic.” –Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“A hell of a story . . . Extraordinarily well-reported and well-written.” –The Boston Globe

“Excellent . . . a lucid and compassionate portrait.” –The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“I have never read a truer, more sympathetic portrayal of today’s priests. . . . Paul Wilkes has given us an instant spiritual classic.” –Catholic Free Press