Catholic Priest Shares the Story of ‘The Last of My Many Friendships’

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Book chronicles Rev. Msgr. Francis A. Galles’ journey to become a priest

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Rev. Msgr. Francis A. Galles wanted to reflect and preserve the story of his life and share it with others. For him, it was a life filled with God’s blessings. Many friendships have also entered into his life. However, he has come to see that his friendship with Jesus is the origin and basis for all his many friendships. He has come to realize that his friendship with Jesus is the most important of all his relationships.

In “The Last of My Many Friendships” (published by Xlibris in September 2017) Galles chronicles his long life as a Catholic priest. It tells a remarkable story of a person from a simple background, chosen and blessed by God to become a priest. This vocation led him to receive opportunities and blessings that enabled him to help many people to grow spiritually and find fulfillment. For more details about the book, please visit

Written in a personal, spiritual, realistic manner, the book is both a testament of a life lived for Jesus and an examination of how the author’s vocation came into being. In here, he shares a detailed and contextualized recollection of his spiritual journey, exploring what people and events meant to his faith development.

“In the course of writing my autobiography, I became more aware of the many people who have had a significant role in my life and development. More importantly, I have discovered at a deeper level how important in my life has been the friendship I have developed with Jesus. I am convinced that Jesus has had a very important part in bringing into my life the many people who have touched and transformed my life. That is why I consider Jesus the first and greatest of all my friends.”

“The Last of My Many Friendships”
By Rev. Msgr. Francis A. Galles
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 370 pages | ISBN 9781543444698
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 370 pages | ISBN 9781543444704
E-Book | 370 pages | ISBN 9781543446524
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Rev. Msgr. Francis A. Galles, 91 years old, was born in Iona, Minnesota on March 8, 1927. He completed his studies at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.; and the Gregorian University in Rome. On Dec. 20, 1952, he was ordained to the priesthood at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome by Cardinal Micara. Galles’ assignments as parochial vicar were at St. John Nepomucene in Winona and St. Pius X in Rochester. As pastor, he served at St. Francis Xavier in Windom, St. Augustine in Jeffers, St. Columban in Preston, St. Lawrence O’Toole in Fountain and St. Patrick in Lanesboro. In 1962, he was named papal chamberlain by Pope John XXIII and in 1968, he was named domestic prelate. On July 1, 1997, he joined the rank of senior priests of the diocese, and continued to offer daily mass several days a week at St. Columban Church, Preston, where he still lives, and fills in at parishes throughout the diocese on occasions.

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