The A.A. Parallels of Father Dowling's Spiritual Sponsorship

The A.A. Parallels of Father Dowling's Spiritual Sponsorship

 On a rainy winter night in late 1940, a kindly clergyman from St. Louis appears at the 24th Street Clubhouse. Leaning on his cane, Fr. Edward Dowling, SJ, (below) introduces himself to Bill Wilson, states that he has been reading Alcoholics Anonymous, and then points out the parallels between the Twelve Steps and his own Jesuit order. Thus begins a spiritual sponsorship between Fr. Dowling and Bill that will last for the next 20 years.

Fr. Edward Dowling, SJ

The Year

1940

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