St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Lewes will host a presentation by author Kevin Wells at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21.
A former Major League Baseball writer, Wells is the author of “The Priests We Need to Save the Church” and “Burst: A Story Of God’s Grace When Life Falls Apart.”
In his most recent book, Wells lays out a blueprint of priestly heroism, calling for today’s shepherds to take the narrow path of self-denial once walked by St. John Vianney, the priest-saint of old, and his own uncle, beloved Monsignor Thomas Wells, who, before his shocking murder, led more than a dozen men to the priesthood and affected the lives of thousands.
In 2009, Kevin Wells survived a close brush with death after a malformed line of vessels in his brain hemorrhaged. The day after invasive brain surgery failed to control the flow of blood that was compressing his brain, Wells was anointed by Father James Stack, the longtime best friend of his murdered uncle. To this day, witnesses in the dark neuro-ICU room still tell of the miracle that unfolded at his bedside.
A freelance writer and active evangelist, Wells is asked to speak on various Catholic topics. He is president of the Monsignor Thomas Wells Society for Vocations, which financially and prayerfully commits itself to the promotion of strong priests and seminarians, and practice of the fullness of the Catholic faith. His work with youth earned him the James Cardinal Hickey National Figure Award from the Archdiocese of Washington. He lives in Millersville, Md., with his wife and three children.
His books will be available for purchase after his presentation.
St. Jude is at 152 Tulip Drive off Route 1 north of Lewes. For more information, go to www.thepriestsweneed.com.