Father Ed Dowling


Father Ed Dowling and Alcoholics Anonymous history

Father Ed Dowling

1945: Father Edward (Ed) Dowling, "Alcoholics Anonymous," Queen's Work Magazine (June 1945), page 13. A gain vs. loss chart on the consequences of alcoholic drinking.

1953: Reverend Edward Dowling, S.J., "Catholic Asceticism and the Twelve Steps," NCCA Blue Book (1953).

Father Edward Dowling and AA history

Father Ed Dowling

1954: Edward Dowling, S.J. "How to Enjoy Being Miserable," Action Now, Vol. 8, December 1954, No. 3. Father Ed's Christmas greeting for that year, "May you enjoy a miserable Christmas!" A reminder that the glories of the first Christmas shone through not only in spite of, but also because of, the Holy Family's acceptance of the discomfort, cold, and dirt of the stable in which they had been forced to take refuge.

1955: Edward Dowling, S.J., in Appendix V to the A.A. Big Book, The Religious View on A.A.

Father Ed Dowling, Bill Wilson's sponsor from 1940-1960

Father Ed Dowling

1955: Father Ed Dowling, the text of his talk at the Alcoholics Anonymous International Convention in St. Louis.

Francis Thompson (1859-1907), "The Hound of Heaven."

1960: Edward J. Dowling, S.J., "A.A. Steps for the Underprivileged Non-A.A.," A.A. Grapevine, July 1960.

Father Ed Dowling, S.J., Alcoholics Anonymous, addiction, and recovery

Father Ed Dowling