Father Harry of the God Squad Releases New Memoir, "I'll Never Tell"

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Broadcaster for fifty years relates Odyssey of a Rock & Roll Priest

Kevin Starr says the new memoir by Monsignor Harry G. Schlitt is "slyly humorous, engaging and illumined with lightning bolts of religious insight."

Kevin Starr says the new memoir by Monsignor Harry G. Schlitt is "slyly humorous, engaging and illumined with lightning bolts of religious insight." Add to that encounters with Paul Lynde, James Brown, Joan Crawford, assorted cardinals and a handful of popes, including one emeritus, set against the backdrop of world capitals, and you've got a social historic narrative depicting the epic journey of a Catholic priest through changing mores and contemporary life.

"I'll Never Tell, Odyssey of a Rock & Roll Priest," was released today on Kindle by Sand Hill Review Press. Paperbacks go on sale October 15. This is the first memoir issued by SHRP and publisher Tory Hartman called it, "the story of a life well-lived and in the crucible of the Church and society."

Father Harry, as he is known to generations, launched his God Squad persona in 1968 pioneering a media ministry frontier opened by Vatican II. He was hired as a disc jockey at a Top 40 radio station on Route 66 in the Ozarks, while teaching high school girls about "Preparation for Marriage" and Latin to prospective priests. He starred in his own TV show for four years, commuted to Chicago's WLS-TV where he hosted a talk show, then expanded west – first to radio in Las Vegas then to every leading radio and TV station in San Francisco. He was on the ABC radio network for twenty-six years, the Armed Forces Radio and Television network for twenty, and 600 radio stations across the country, amassing an audience of sixty million people.

Affable and charming, Father Harry was assigned to fundraising jobs for the Catholic Church before ending his career with twelve years as the top administrator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, this during the turbulent times of church closures and abuse scandals. Retired in 2010 with the title Monsignor, he is an avid handball player and currently resides in the City's Marina District where he can occasionally be found frequenting old watering holes.

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