Paul Glynn

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Paul Glynn (born in 1928 in Lismore, in New South Wales, Australia) is a Marist missionary priest and writer from Australia. He is the author of several books, including The Song of Nagasaki (1988) and The Smile of the Ragpicker (1992), both best-sellers[1] and translated into several languages. He has devoted a lifetime to reconciliation and friendship between Australia and Japan, the two former wartime enemies.[2][3][4]


Paul Glynn is an Australian Marist missionary priest and writer. He graduated form Southern Cross University; in 2010 the school awarded him an honary doctorate for his reconciliation work with Japan.[2] He lived in Japan for over 20 years,[5] learning the country's language and culture through Buddhist texts. There he wrote A Song for Nagasaki, a book recounting the life of Takashi Nagai, a radiologist who converted to Catholicism and survived the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaski. Paul Glynn is also the author of The Smile of a Ragpicker and Like a Samurai – the Tony Glynn Story (see Tony Glynn).

Paul Glynn has been a Catholic priest since 1953. He has devoted a lifetime to reconciliation and friendship between Australia and Japan, the two former wartime foes. He was inspired to follow Padre Lionel Marsden, a former prisoner-of-war of the Japanese on the Burma Railway, to work for reconciliation with the people of Japan. He subsequently helped his brother Tony, who was also a promoter of reconciliation with Japan. He is a recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government and the Order of Australia from the Australian government for reconciliation work between Japan and Australia. He initiated Australia's first Sister City relationship with a Japanese city – between Yamato Takada in Nara Prefecture and Lismore in northern New South Wales – half a century ago.[6]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ À propos de l'auteur (2009), Google Livres : "Paul Glynn, a Marist Missionary priest from Australia, is the author of several books including the best-sellers The Song of Nagasaki and The Smile of a Ragpicker."
  2. ^ a b Moorton, Tonia (8 May 2010). "Priest receives SCU honour". Northern Star (Australian newspaper). Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Sword, Terra (4 August 2011). "We can all give peace a chance". Lismore Echo. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Sword, Terra (28 July 2011). "City's Father comes home". Lismore Echo. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Requiem por Nagasaki : "Glynn, un Marista australiano que ha servido más de 20 años en Japón."
  6. ^ Living Histories Interviews Series 2011, Father Paul Glynn.
  7. ^ Turley, K.V. (8 August 2015). "August 9, 1945: Our Lady of Sorrows, Takashi Nagai and "A Song for Nagasaki"". Catholic World. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  8. ^ A Japanese Lesson About China for the Pope; Beijing fears Catholicism because of the universality of its teachings. Clyne, Meghan. Wall Street Journal (Online) [New York, N.Y] 18 Mar 2013.