From Trappist Monk to Street Doctor

The memories of:

by John O'Handley M.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/13/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781665728270
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781665728287

About the Book

Dr. John (Jack) O’Handley looks back at growing up as a Navy brat who spent six years in a Trappist monastery before deciding to embark on a career as a doctor.

As the oldest son of a career naval officer and his wife, Marie, the author grew up in many parts of the world. His father was one of five children born to a former Catholic priest and his wife in Brooklyn.

While he grew up in a loving family, the author’s father never did understand his decision to drop out of college to enter monastic life.

In this memoir, he looks back at his life as a Trappist monk as well as what eventually led him to pursue a career in medicine—as well as how he fell in love with a nursing student named Hannah. The two eventually married and started a family.

Join the author as he offers fascinating glimpses into a life along the road less traveled, including his time as a monk, family physician, and tending to the homeless of Columbus, Ohio, for more than twenty-five years as a street doctor.

About the Author

Dr. John (Jack) O’Handley entered the Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky at age eighteen, leaving to enter the medical profession. He spent fourteen years in private practice as a family physician before becoming a faculty member at the Bethesda Family Medicine residency program in Cincinnati. In 1995, he accepted the directorship of Mount Carmel’s Family Residency program in Columbus and began his work with the homeless as medical director of the Street Medicine program. He retired in 2021.