Les Costello's story is the stuff of Canadian myth: a child of immigrant parents who finds fame and some fortune on the ice as a star on the Toronto Maple Leafs, with whom he wins the coveted Stanley Cup. At the height of his meteoric sports career, he gives it all up to pursue another dream: to become a parish priest in the northern mining community where he was raised. He quickly earns the respect and love of the community due to his blunt, plainspoken, passionate commitment to social justice. He also creates discomfort in the Catholic establishment with his unconventional and challenging approach to parish life.
Les Costello became most widely known through his involvement in the Flying Fathers. Begun as a one-off prank, the hockey team he founded, comprised of priests, became a huge success. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's the team traveled across Canada raising millions of dollars for charities.
Les Costello: Canada's Flying Father is the biography of a tough-talking, justice-seeking, fiery man of deep spirituality who reinvents himself by converting the skills and stamina of an athlete into the lifelong vocation of the truly inspired pastoral leader.
About the author
Charlie Angus has served as the NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay since 2004. In 1985 he formed the Juno-nominated alt-country band Grievous Angels. He became involved in politics through his organizing efforts to stop the Adams Mine garbage proposal and numerous plans to import PCBs to Northern Ontario. He is author/co-author of five books on Northern Ontario life and culture including We Lived A Life And Then Some and Mirrors of Stone.
Other titles by Charlie Angus
Cradle of the Demon Metals, Birth of a Mining Superpower
Children of the Broken Treaty
Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream
Impressions of Temiskaming
A Collection of Photographs of Temiskaming, Ontario
The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War
Mirrors of Stone
Fragments from the Porcupine Frontier
Industrial Cathedrals of the North
We Lived a Life and Then Some
The Life, Death, and Life of a Mining Town