I have had the honor of meeting Father Anthony Delisi, O.C.S.O. on several occasions and have had the privilege of being in a retreat led by Father Anthony. Father Anthony has been a monk of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia since 1948.
Father Anthony Delisi, O.C.S.O.
The title Black Like Licorice comes from an anecdote about the first time Father Anthony saw a person of African descent. He asked a neighbor why their skin was black. She replied “From eating too much licorice.” Father Anthony’s memoir is like a “Who’s Who” of great Catholics from the mid-twentieth century. He has visited the poor with Dorothy Day, went to school with scripture scholar Raymond Brown, prayed with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and discussed the Charismatic movement with Thomas Merton.
Father Anthony is an accomplished farmer.
Father Anthony makes fudge at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Father Anthony’s memoirs of these years are truly fascinating. Father Anthony’s holiness and love for God and his fellow human beings shines through on every page of this wonderful book.