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Author Jim Towey’s Book Updates

Founder Jim Towey’s book about Mother Teresa, To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa, was published by Simon & Schuster on Sept. 6, just one day after the 25th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death in 1997. All royalties from the book will be donated to charitable causes aligned with her life’s work.
“Jim Towey’s To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa is the loveliest book I’ve read in recent months, rich in reflection on contemporary sanctity and including one of the Five Funniest Catholic Stories Ever.” 
George Weigel, First Things

“Towey recounts the hours Mother Teresa spent daily in deep prayer as well as the cheerfulness and compassion with which she served people in crushing poverty...his retelling of his beloved friend’s persistent dark night of the soul makes the reader want to comfort her...Readers familiar with Mother Teresa’s biography will find fresh meaning in Towey’s account of her impact on his spiritual journey. Those unfamiliar with her life story will appreciate his accessible and gripping introduction.”
— America Jesuit Review, America MagazineTo Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa is a powerful "white pill," masterfully weaving together vignettes from Towey’s own life with the arc of the Albanian nun pursuing the will of God.”
— Nora Kenny, The Washington Free Beacon 

“Towey portrays Mother Teresa in trademark sandals and sari, and also as a human who experienced loneliness, wrestled with doubts, and loved sweets…This personal portrait is by turns autobiographical, biographical, and devotional. Especially moving are the stories of Mother Teresa’s vivid calling through a vision, her dark night of the soul, and her final decline.”
— Booklist

“Though Towey’s personal, transformative relationship with Mother Teresa forms the central theme, he also offers a fascinating inside look into Mother Teresa’s daily life…Inspiring and joyful.”
— Kirkus Review


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About the Author

Jim Towey was a trusted advisor and personal friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta for twelve years and did the first reading at her Mass of Canonization in Saint Peter’s Square in 2016. He previously headed the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under George W. Bush for four years and served on his senior staff.  His career includes the presidency of two Catholic colleges for thirteen years, a seven-year stint as a US Senate staffer, and the leadership of Florida’s 40,000-employee health and human services agency.

In 1996, with Mother Teresa’s encouragement, he founded the nonprofit advocacy organization Aging with Dignity, where he currently serves as its CEO. Two years later, he created the Five Wishes advance directive, which has sold over 40 million copies and is available in 30 languages. Catholic University of America, Franciscan University, and five other institutions of higher learning have conferred honorary degrees upon Towey, and Pope John Paul II awarded him a papal medal for distinguished service.

Towey and Mary Griffith met while both volunteering in Mother Teresa’s Washington, DC, AIDS home and were married in 1992.  They have five children and three grandchildren. He authored, To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa, published by Simon and Schuster and available in numerous languages. He and his wife are donating all royalties from the book to charities associated with the saint.

Upcoming Events for Jim Towey

MonthEvent NameLocation
SeptemberPanel on Mother Teresa SymposiumWashington, D.C.
Conversation with Fr. ScaliaFalls Church, VA
St. Hubert Parish EventChanhassen, MN
OctoberBush Center Old Parkland EventDallas, TX
Politics and Prose EventWashington, D.C.
American Enterprise Institute EventWashington, D.C.
Hearth and Soul EventTallahassee, FL
Cardinal Dolan’s Radio ShowNew York, NY
Florida Conference of Catholic Women Statewide Convention KeynoteSarasota, FL
University of Notre Dame Campus Ministry EventNotre Dame, IN
NovemberCatholic Information Center EventWashington, D.C.
EWTN: At Home with Jim and Joy Pinto DiscussionWashington, D.C.
DecemberPapal FoundationWashington, D.C.
Knights of Malta EventSyracuse, NY
FebruaryAve Maria University Student Center EventAve Maria, FL
Guest Speaker for Madeline McElveen Distinguished Preacher SeriesPalm Beach, FL
Books & Books EventCoral Gables, FL
Savannah Book FestivalSavannah, GA
MarchSt. Mary’s High School EventAnnapolis, MD
St. Timothy Catholic Church EventChantilly, VA
Mother Teresa Catholic Church EventCary, NC
St. Mary Catholic Parish EventLittleton, CO
St. John Paul II Seminary LectureDenver, CO
AprilHonoring “To Love and Be Loved”Washington, D.C.
MayMother of Light Center EventAlexandria, VA
Bishop Kenny High SchoolJacksonville, FL
Florida Conference of Catholic Women West Palm, FL
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church EventPerry, FL
JuneCase Western Reserve University, School of NursingCleveland, OH
JulyTalks at Quarr AbbeyEngland

For more information on event details email e.towey@agingwithdignity.org

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