Author to Speak on Priest who Influenced Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous

Dawn Eden Goldstein is the author of Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.’s Spiritual Sponsor


February 22, 2023

CONTACT: Justin Huyck, Director of Communications; (330) 744-8451, ext. 320;

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Mr. David Schmidt; Director, Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life; (330) 744-8451, ext.= 272;

The Diocese of Youngstown will host author Dawn Eden Goldstein for a special talk: “Journeying Through Lent with Father Ed Dowling, S.J.” The event will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore the faith dimensions of Alcoholics Anonymous, and broader issues of human dignity, and will be held on Friday, March 10 at 7:30pm at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 3430 St. Michaels Blvd NW Canton, Ohio 44718 (Corner of Whipple and Fulton)

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson called Father Edward Dowling, SJ, “the greatest and most gentle soul to walk this planet.” Although Father Ed was not himself an alcoholic, he opened his heart to alcoholics and other people with problems. Dawn Eden Goldstein, author of Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.’s Spiritual Sponsor (Orbis Books), will share the life and message of this remarkable priest, whose joyful identification with Christ led him to develop his spirituality of “Glad Gethsemane.” Books will also be available for purchase.

Dawn Eden Goldstein. June 8, 2022. Photo: Jay Mallin

In addition to Father Ed, Dr. Goldstein is the author of several other books. Dr. Goldstein began her working life as a rock-and-roll historian and went on to editorial positions at the New York Post and the Daily News before publishing her first book in 2006. In 2016, she became the first woman to earn a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, Illinois). She has taught at universities and seminaries in the United States, England and India. Today she lives in Washington, DC, where she is completing her studies for a license in canon law at the Catholic University of America.

For more information, contact the Diocese of Youngstown’s Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at 330-744-8451 ext. 272.

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