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Priests and Recovery

You know my interest has been fighting poverty through recovery. Father Edward Dowling, a Jesuit, was active in assisting AA in its early years in the USA. His reference to AA is published in the book ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS as "The Religious View on A.A."

http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/BigBook/pdf/religious.pdf

It has been confirmed that most of the groups of Alcoholics Anonymous and many of the groups of Narcotics Anonymous in the Southern Philippines, that is the Visayas and Mindanao, were begun with the help of Roman Catholic missionary priests. Father Martin Ryan was a Columban priest and I found this story about him:

http://www.misyononline.com/misyonforum/node/1136

Father Don McQuade was a Maryknoll priest operating possibly with the Redemptorists. He is also listed as a "Chinahand" so may have been involved with the SVD. If you know anything about his work with alcoholism please share it with me.

http://www.maryknollsociety.org/index.php/articles/2-articles/167-learning-from-the-anawim

Father Padi Martin, a Redemptorist priest credited with helping AA to get started in Cebu has nothing published about his work. If you know anything about his work with alcoholism please share it with me.

Of course the priest that took it to its ultimate level was Father Vernon Johnson in the USA who pioneered intervention in the church, later moving into a clinic. In the two contexts he helped thousands of alcoholics and their families.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Johnson

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