Maverick Priest by Father Harry Bury, who lives up to the title of his remarkable and honest autobiography, offers us a deep and profound insight into the good intentions and flaws of “the church” and of ourselves.
He bears his soul in his writing as he gives us a glimpse into the minds and hearts of religious and secular leaders–including Mother Teresa, who was a special friend and inspiration to him.
His commitment and dedication to helping the people of Vietnam is commendable as is his commitment for us to understand the unjustified atrocities eventuated by wars.
A major theme of Bury’s book is we must stop using war as a means of international policy and make every effort to build bridges of understanding between countries–and each other. He emphasizes this can only happen if we are willing to put major efforts into understanding ourselves as individuals in order to better understand others. His book will inspire you to open your mind and heart to the most important three words in all literature: God is Love.
– Paddy S. Welles, Ph.D., co-author of LOVE AND WAR: Human Nature in Crisis
Maverick Priest by Father Harry J. Bury is an extraordinary book by an extraordinary Catholic priest. Fr. Bury has been a warrior for peace in our violent world for most of his 90 years. He has waged peace in Vietnam, India, Africa, Palestine, Israel, and elsewhere. He has led demonstrations for peace everywhere and served at the side of Mother Teresa in India. In Gaza, he pleaded, “For God’s sake, for humanity’s sake, stop the killing!” His relentless peacemaking efforts offended some governmental, political, and church authorities; and he has been arrested and jailed everywhere, and once kidnapped at gunpoint. But nothing could dissuade him from taking seriously and acting on Jesus’ command to “love.” “Forgiveness dominates Jesus’ life and teaching,” he writes. This is no ordinary pastor. Peacemakers run the risk of being jailed, abused, and even crucified. But it was Jesus who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
– Cal Samra, Editor of The Joyful Noiseletter, Author of The Pursuit of Health and Longevity
Harry J. Bury, Ph.D. was a Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior and Administration at Baldwin Wallace University from 1980–2010 and consulted in the U.S. and numerous other countries. After earning his PhD at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he became a full professor at BaldwinWallace University where he taught from 1979 until 2015. Dr. Bury taught as an Adjunct Professor of Systems Management at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio and taught in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions (1979 – present).
Dr. Bury also served as Chair Director of the Doctorate Program in Business Administration (DBA) at Burapha University in Bangkok, Thailand. He teaches Advanced International Organizational Behavior. He earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Organizational Behavior in 1975. He also completed the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s Post-Graduate Program in 1975. Since then he has been involved in individual and large-scale systems change in the industrial, public and community sectors. In addition, he has co-developed an organic approach to management and organizational development toward creating open and free-flowing communications, increased productivity, collaborative management of work team culture, enriched job content and improved interpersonal and inter-group relations.
The story begins during a protest in Vietnam that prompted the government to take the protesters into custody, including Dr. Bury. The memory of the protest leads to Harry recalling his childhood and formative years, until he goes into the seminary and becomes a priest. He gives the reader details about his decision to become a priest and his assignments in the twin cities, until he goes to graduate school. He discusses his unique experiences throughout the years and leaves nothing left unsaid concerning his own journey in the service of peace and non-violence all while trying to maintain the tenants of the Church.
In 1969, Fr. Bury was arrested for attempting to celebrate Mass in the Pentagon for the souls of fallen Vietnamese and American soldiers in the continuing war. With three others, in 1971, Fr Bury chained himself to the US Embassy Gate in Saigon at the Vietnamese’ request to protest the war in Vietnam. His intent was to stay chained to the gate until the war ceased, but worried how he would manage embarrassing human needs. Then, with a group of peacemakers in 1972, Fr Bury flew into Hanoi under the protection of US bombardment, and brought out three captured US pilots: Lt. Markham Gartley, Maj.Charles Elias, and Lt. Norris Charles.
Bury was a good friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and in 2004, he was invited to con-celebrate Mass with Pope John Paul II at her beatification in Rome. A year later, in 2005, the Patriarch of Jerusalem invited the Michigan Peace Team to come to Gaza and stand as human shields between the Israeli settlers and the Palestinians, so they would not kill each other. Fr Bury volunteered to go. While in Gaza, he was abducted and held for three hours and made to confess at gun point that he worked for the CIA and the Israeli Army. It was a lie, and to this date, he regrets saying it.
Earlier Publication: In 2011, Multi-titled creative thinker Harry J. Bury announced the release An Invitation to think and feel differently in the new Millennium. Bury is a retired Roman Catholic priest, and had been college professor (nationally and internationally), world traveler, social and political activist, creative thinker and inspirational speaker. This book reflects his amazing background and life philosophy, and features a Foreword by Prof. Suresh Srivastava.