"The Church on the Street" by Deacon Robert Kinghorn

Kinghorn CoverSmallThe Church on the Street

By Deacon Robert Kinghorn

Deacon Robert Kinghorn invites readers to walk with him as he ministers in a crime-ridden Toronto neighbourhood of drugs, prostitution, violence and homelessness. Praised as powerful and engaging, his descriptions of encounters with the downtrodden reveal not just the despair and disorder of the streets but also the compassion and even hope in a poor, crime-ridden downtown Toronto neighbourhood. Kinghorn began a street ministry in 2005 to be “a friend who would listen to the cares, dreams and hopes of the people of the night.” For the past four years he has chronicled those experiences in Canada’s national Catholic newspaper, The Catholic Register, in an award-winning column called The Church on the Street. The most poignant of those short essays are assembled in this book. His writing has been called unique in terms of his subjects and approach. The “humble, observational way” he takes readers with him on his journeys into the night are not intended as sermons — his style is anything but preachy — yet, in the words of one critic, his words “teach powerfully.” “Deacon Kinghorn bears faithful witness to the humility, compassion and generosity of ordained ministry,” wrote Cardinal Thomas Collins in the foreword to the book.

Canadian orders: 144 pages / Paperback / 5.5"x8.5" / $14.99 + $3.00 shipping / ISBN 978-0-99487-16-3-3 / © 2019 Catholic Register Books

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About the Author

KinghornRobert Kinghorn, a deacon since 1985 in the Archdiocese of Toronto, provides street ministry at night to the poor, ill and addicted in one of the roughest parts of Toronto. He is a certified spiritual director and has helped train more than 2,000 people to minister in prisons, hospitals and nursing homes. His writing has been widely acclaimed and won several awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, and the Canadian Church Press, where his work has earned consistent praise for being “sensitive, interesting, touching and profound.” He is married to Ria and has four children.