Frank Maria

A Search for Justice and Peace in the Middle East

Frank Maria:

A search for Justice and Peace in the Middle East

Paul D. Garrett and Kathleen A. Purpura

An authorized biography of Frank Maria (1913-2001), a tough, compassionate battler for peace and justice for all parties in the war torn Middle East. Frank’s lifetime service to God and nation are followed from his Depression-era upbringing in Lowell, MA, through the beginnings of a promising career in labor management and political analysis. As war breaks in 1967, however, Frank abandons his best interests to concentrate his talents, attention, and energies on making Americans aware of the tragedy facts of the Holy Land. Through the next several decades and repeated wars, Frank dogs politicians, religious leaders, and journalists about rethinking the one-sided approach to the Palestinian/Israeli question, which prevents peace. Had they heeded this voice from the wilderness, today’s world would be far safer.

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About the Authors

Paul Garrett has interwoven with the story of Frank Maria’s life a fascinating mosaic of background information and related world activity during those eventful years. He has presented a book rich in history of Arab American heritage, religion, politics, and world affairs, putting into historical context Frank Maria’s ardent quest for justice and peace.

A graduate of San Diego State University in California, Garrett received a Master of Library Science from Columbia University and a Master of Divinity from Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York. Garrett served on the Faculty of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, teaching graduate courses in church history, applied linguistics, and Greek Language. He translated the book Our Hope by Dmitri Dudko, as well as articles from Russian to English, has published articles in journals, magazines, research books, quarterlies amongst other published sources. Garrett is currently a technology consultant and has designed several large database projects and websites.

With his rich experience as a writer, researcher and librarian at Saint Vladimir’s and later the library and museum at Antiochian Village Heritage and Learning Center in Pennsylvania, he applied his research skills in writing Saint Innocent, Apostle to America. Today he lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut; he has five children and six grandchildren.

Kathleen Purpura has researched the Maria archives and provided essential material and resources for a well rounded look into the life of Frank Maria. Purpura is a grand-niece of Frank Maria who grew up enjoying his interesting conversations and words of wisdom when he lived with the Nackel family in Medford, Massachusetts, for ten years. She has presented a wealth of insight, genealogy, and family history to bring out the personal and human story of Frank Maria. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Purpura received a Master of Theological Studies from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts. She has published numerous articles on youth programs and stewardship service. Within her community she has been active in numerous volunteer activities. Purpura is a Youth Consultant with a practice in the Boston Metro/West area. Purpura has served the Orthodox Christian Church for over thirty years in volunteer service and Youth Ministry employment. She is known in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese for her work with young people as an Orthodox Youth Worker and during several summers as Co-Camp Director at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. She lives in Westwood, Massachusetts with her husband, the Very Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura, and their four children -- Michael, David, Christina, and Jennifer.