"A fascinating and riveting story of how a boy grew into manhood despite family
alienation and the perils of institutional life."-William Seraile, Professor Emeritus, Lehman College, City University of New York
"I so enjoyed Ed's book. Having begun my career in social services, our paths have crossed for decades. Ed's touching and often humorous story offers a refreshingly positive look at the many truly good people in New York City's Catholic Church - people who are doing the good work in our society for no other reason than the fact that it's the right thing to do. Ed is the living result of these good intentions and, with his chosen career path, he is keeping the cycle of the good work going."-Jim McCann, Founder of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and Celebrations.com
"Edward Rohs' life journey takes him through the gamut of emotions--abandonment, confusion, loneliness, fear, discovery, appreciation, justice, and love. To his credit, he was determined not to let the circumstances of his life control his life and he succeeded."-Fr. Paul Landolfi, SM, St. John's Home for Boys
"I have known Edward Rohs for over 25 years and I have never met a more compassionate man. Ed has helped hundreds of under privileged people survive and thrive despite all of the odds that they face. His story is compelling and motivational and a must read for anyone who has obstacles to overcome. That means anyone with a heart beat! Ed has overcome all odds in his fight to survive and if we are judged by the size of our deeds then Ed Rohs is the wealthiest man in the world."-Tom Penders, author of Dead Coach Walking
"Rohs describes how institutionalized life defined him. . .[His] tale is also that of New York City in his growing up years. He describes life in shifting city neighborhoods, as street gangs terrorized the orphan boys in what is now highly gentrified Brooklyn, and the wonders of life on the beach in Rockaway, Queens."-National Catholic Reporter
"[Rohs] couples a moving first-person account of coping with a system that separated orphans by age and gender with a historical perspective on child care in the 19th and 20th centuries."-Sam Roberts, New York Times
". . .A real triumph-over adversity story."-New York Post
"'Raised by the Church' is a dedicated memoir about the struggles of growing up an outcast, even under the kindness of charity, much recommended." -Midwest Book Review
"The story of this one man supplies needed historical perspective on an American society that understood and acknowledge the community's need for a safe haven." -American Catholic Studies Newsletter
"Raised by the Church is the story of Brooklyn's post-war Catholic orphanage system. The book reminds us that every generation is challenged to find ways to take care of children whose parents cannot do so."-Catholic News Service
About the Author
Edward Rohs coordinates mental health service for the New York City Field Office of the New York State Office of Mental Health. He is a former psychotherapist and social worker for abused and abandoned children and their families. Ed's skill at interacting with people of all ages across cultures, combined with his irreverent sense of humor, has made him a much-loved role model and mentor to generations of children and their families.
Judith Estrine is a writer. She lives in New York City.