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Miracle on High Street: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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"This wondrous story of faith in the power of education, spiritual tenacity in an old American city, and redemption for generations of hardscrabble boys along Newark's High Street is important and timely. Tom McCabe's Miracle. captures the complicated history of the Benedictines on old American ground, shedding a brilliant light on why they have mattered, and still do, to the survival of inner city parochial education in the United States. It also persuasively argues that the decision, in retrospect an extraordinary one, to reopen the school was yet another symbol of Newark's Renaissance and the Benedictine challenge to racism. A triumph!" - Clement Alexander Price
"A dramatic, riveting account of a school and a city that rose and fell together, and the community of monks who dared to wed hopes for a revived St. Benedict's with Newark's precarious dreams of rebirth. Thomas A. McCabe is a gifted historian; he has crafted this highly lucid narrative with an insider's passion and a scholar's balance and grace." - James T. Fisher
"The inner-city school's remarkable revival shows that American education can bridge achievement gaps between white and black as well as rich and poor." - Publishers Weekly
"The captivating true story of a Catholic prep school that helped turn around a community falling prey to urban blight."--Midwest Book Review
"McCabe's lively history of St. Benedict's Miracle on High Street, may be a local story, but it's also a microcosm of the ebb and flow of the Catholic presence in many American cities."-Teresa Malcom, National Catholic Reporter
About the Author
Thomas A. McCabe is Visiting Professor in the History Department at Rutgers University-Newark, where he teaches seminars on race and ethnicity in the United States and American cities and suburbs. McCabe received his Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University in 2006. Previously, he worked as an administrator and teacher at St. Benedict's for more than 15 years.
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Top Customer Reviews
Miracle on High Street is a seminal work that provides insight into an important Catholic educational institution that has over the years quietly and effectively taught and mentored generations of young men. It should be of keen interest not only to alumni and friends of Saint Benedict's, but also to those interested in American urban history, Catholic education in America and the history of Newark. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great review of the history of my alma mater. Interesting how the abbey got started, up to the days of the closing, to the revival under classmate Fr. Edwin. Very good read!Published on January 17, 2013 by Eric Brintzinghoffer