FORMER BROTHER RICE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER WRITES BREVIARY ABOUT FRACASSA – BOOK LAUNCH PLANNED
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WARRIOR. Written in memory of Cullen Haffey – the Brother Rice student-athlete who took his own life at the beginning of the 2012 football season – Paddy Lynch’s modern day breviary (a small book of prayers and reflections) blurs the lines between memory, theology, poetry, and prayer, in order to explore the simple but devout life of 80-year-old high school football coach, Al Fracassa, as he nears his retirement after
60 years of coaching and nearly 500 career wins.
Lynch not only played for the Hall of Fame coach, serving as one of his captains in 2001, he returned to his alma mater ten years later and coached alongside Fracassa during Rice’s final two state championship seasons. Haffey’s unexpected death in 2012 devastated the Rice community and greatly impacted Lynch, who ended up preparing the young man’s body for viewing at Brother Rice and overseeing all of the Haffey funeral arrangements (Lynch is a third-generation funeral director).
Much of the book addresses depression, especially in young men, as well as issues pertaining to loss, grief, intimacy, addiction, forgiveness, courage, redemption, and sacrificial love. Through Lynch’s 40 days of prayer, Fracassa’s simple life of devotion and personal sacrifice begins to shed light on where to look for comfort and hope, even in the midst of doubt, defeat, and extreme human suffering.
A prayerful testament to one man’s ability to impact countless lives, the breviary also aims to foster meaningful discussion about depression and adolescent suicide.
The book costs $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Cullen Haffey Memorial Fund, which sponsors a yearly scholarship at Brother Rice and also furthers the high school’s programming on suicide prevention.
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