We Remember a Friend

By Larivee, Rita | National Catholic Reporter, May 16, 2008 | Go to article overview

We Remember a Friend


Larivee, Rita, National Catholic Reporter


Many of you have already heard the sad news that Tim Unsworth, a long-time columnist for NCR, died April 30 after a long illness. He was 78. The day he died, coincidentally, was the same day that a collection of his best work for NCR was sent to the printer. It will be his sixth book. Titled Tim Unsworth: Articles from the National Catholic Reporter, it is being published by ACTA Publications of Skokie, Ill., and will be available in early summer.

Unsworth was a master storyteller and chronicler of the Catholic world, pulling from the daffy details of the community truths and ironies and a certain beauty that resonated well beyond the borders of the Chicago archdiocese that he so dearly loved. In the forward to the book, NCR news director Tom Roberts writes that Unsworth's portraits of Catholicism have some of the same qualities of writer Shalom Aleichem's portrayals of Judaism that he fashioned "through the everyday stuff of the Jewish community: deeply human stories, in which the ordinary is mined for its great strength and humor and ability to illuminate a broader landscape ... and all charged with a sense of the divine." An appreciation of Unsworth appears on the back page.

As we go to press this week, we are officially transitioning the NCR Web site, NCRon line.org, to its new home and its new look. We've been developing the pages for the past few months with assistance from many of our readers. …

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