In this engaging and elegantly written memoir, Thomas Patrick Melady describes how his personal and educational experiences as well as his involvement with the Catholic Church and the Republican Party shaped his character in academia and public service.

Ambassador Melady, a former president of Sacred Heart University and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Burundi and Uganda, gives a compelling account of his remarkable life that has been not only marked by distinctive professional achievements but blessed with a well-grounded personal life as well.