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Hugh F. Blunt

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Monsignor Hugh Francis Blunt (January 20, 1877 – 1957) was a Catholic priest, author, poet, and apologist. He was born in Medway, Massachusetts to Irish immigrants Sgt. Patrick Blunt and Ann Mahon.[1] Blunt began writing while attending St. Laurent College in Montreal.[2]

After his graduation in 1896, he attended St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts in order to become a Catholic priest, and was ordained on December 20, 1901.[3] He was appointed to churches in Stoneham, Dorchester, and Cambridge,[4] Massachusetts, and did a great deal of writing over the course of his career. His most famous books include The Great Magdalens: Famous Women Who Returned to God Following a Life of Sin, The Great Penitents and Great Wives and Mothers, all of which are still in print. He also served as chief editorial writer for The Pilot newspaper and editor of the Sacred Heart Review.

Blunt had a strong interest in education and was known to be very strict. In a biography of former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tip O'Neill, a story is told about how O'Neill and other children of the parish were warned by Blunt that they would be eternally damned if they visited the YMCA, since it was a Protestant institution. Blunt later performed O'Neill's wedding.

Blunt received the Marian Poetry Prize in 1919 and the Catholic Press Poetry Prize in 1929.[5] In 1920, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Notre Dame for his contributions to Catholic literature.

Published works[edit]

  • Poems. The Rumford Press. 1911. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[6]
  • Songs for Sinners. The Devin-Adair Company. 1912. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[7]
  • Fred Carmody, Pitcher. The Devin-Adair Company. 1914. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[8]
  • Great Wives and Mothers. The Devin-Adair Company. 1917. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[9]
  • Great Penitents. The Macmillan Company. 1921. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[10]
  • My Own People. The Magnificat Press. 1921. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[11]
  • Spiritual Songs. The Magnificat Press. 1925. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[12]
  • Homely Spirituals. The Macmillan Company. 1926. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[13]
  • The Great Magdalens. The Macmillan Company. 1928. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[14]
  • Witnesses to the Eucharist. The Magnificat Press. 1929. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[15]
  • Give This Man Place. The Sign Press. 1934. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[16]
  • The Road of Pain. Joseph F. Wagner. 1937. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[17]
  • Seven Swords: Considerations on the Seven Great Sorrows of Our Blessed Lady. P. J. Kenedy & Sons. 1938. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[18]
  • Mary's Garden of Roses. P. J. Kenedy & Sons. 1939. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[19]
  • Listen, Mother of God: Thoughts on the Litany of Loreto. Catholic Literary Guild. 1940. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[20]
  • The New Song: Thoughts on the Beatitudes. Catholic Literary Guild. 1941. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[21]
  • Life With the Holy Ghost: Thoughts on the Gifts of the Holy Ghost. Bruce Publishing Co. 1942. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[22]
  • The Quality of Mercy: Thoughts on the Works of Mercy. Bruce Publishing Co. 1945. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[23]
  • The Heart Aflame: Thoughts on Devotion to the Sacred Heart. Bruce Publishing Co. 1947. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png[24]


  1. Driscoll, Annette S. (September 1935). "Roses to the Living: Outstanding Catholic Authors". The Catholic School Journal. Vol. 35 no. 9. pp. 236, 241.
  2. Blunt, Hugh F. (1942). "Reverend Hugh Francis Blunt, LL.D.". In Romig, Walter. The Book of Catholic Authors. First Series. Walter Romig & Company. pp. 17–22.
  3. Conklin, Edwin P., ed. (1927). "Rev. Hugh Francis Blunt, LL.D.". Middlesex County and Its People: A History. 5. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. pp. 85–87.
  4. Les Masterson (Aug 24, 2005). "Providing comfort from war". Arlington (MA) Advocate. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Hoehn, Matthew, ed. (1948). "Right Reverend Hugh Francis Blunt". Catholic Authors: Contemporary Biographical Sketches, 1930–1947. J. J. Little & Ives Company. pp. 56–57.
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    • "Notes on New Books". The Irish Monthly. Vol. 54 no. 638. 1926. pp. 447–448. ISSN 2009-2113. JSTOR 20517964.
    • Phillips, Charles (April 1926). "New Books". The Catholic World. Vol. 123 no. 733. p. 140. ISSN 1042-3494.
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    • Collins, Margaret (September 1947). ""The Time Is Now"". Books on Trial. Vol. 6 no. 3. p. 104.

Additional sources[edit]

  • Paul R. Clancy and Shirley Elder, Tip: The Biography of Thomas P. O'Neill, Speaker of the House
  • John A. Farrell, Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century
  • Paula M. Kane, Separatism and Subculture: Boston Catholicism, 1900-1920
  • J. Gordon Melton, Religious leaders of America: a biographical guide to founders and leaders
  • Francis O'Neill, Irish minstrels and musicians: with numerous dissertations on related subjects
  • John Drane and Piers Paul Read, The Gospel of St. John: the story of the Son of God
  • George E. Ryan, Figures in our Catholic History

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