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Ave Maria Press Remembers William G. "Bill" Storey

January 20, 2014

William G. “Bill” Storey, longtime Ave Maria Press author and friend, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the age of ninety. Bill was professor emeritus of Liturgy and Church History at the University of Notre Dame. He was the author of more than twenty-five books, many of which were modern prayer books that made the tradition of the Liturgy of the Hours accessible to a wide audience.

His first book with Ave Maria Press in 1973 was Praise Him. It was one of the first books after Vatican II to offer a way for lay people to join in the praying of the Divine Office. Bless the Lord in 1975 expanded on Praise Him by providing daily morning and evening prayer for the liturgical seasons.

In 1978 he coauthored with Thomas McNally, C.S.C., the popular prayer book Lord Hear Our Prayer. It has been revised numerous times and is still in print today. He and McNally also collaborated on Day by Day: The Notre Dame Prayerbook for Students. With more than a half million copies sold, it has been used by countless students at Notre Dame as well as in high schools around the United States. He also published with Ave Maria Press The Week with Christ in 1981 and Hail Mary: A Marian Book of Hours in 2002.

We at Ave Maria Press are grateful to have shared in Bill’s groundbreaking work and offer our prayers and sympathy to his family and many friends. May he rest in peace!

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