The son of a hardware store owner, McKenty was raised in Hastings, Ontario, near Peterborough. For fifteen years, he was a teacher and ordained priest with the Jesuit order. He was on the editorial staff of the Jesuit weekly America. In 1970, McKenty left the Jesuits and accepted a position doing public relations with the Special Olympics. He met his wife, Catharine, on the dance floor and married her just ten days later.

In 1977 he began his two-hour morning show Exchange on CJAD AM radio which almost immediately became the city’s top-rated phone-in program. His signature line was “the lines are blazing.”  From 1987 to 1990 he hosted the television phone-in talk show, McKenty Live, on CFCF-TV.

Neil McKenty wrote a number of books. In the Stillness Dancing: The Journey of John Main, is a biography of Benedictine monk John Main. Mitch Hepburn is a the biography of the former Ontario Premier.  His own autobiography The Inside Story: Journey of a Former Jesuit Priest and Talkshow Host Towards Self-Discovery is widely used in mental health work. His novel The Other Key: An Inspector Julian Main Mystery is a fascinating murder mystery. Together with his wife Catharine, McKenty wrote Skiing Legends and the Laurentian Lodge Club.

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Long after ordination in 1963, John Main discovered that the form of prayer advocated by the swami already existed within the mainstream of Western Christianity but had fallen into disuse. From then on, he was to devote his life to restoring this form of Christian meditation to its rightful place within the Church. His work began with the foundation of a meditation centre at Ealing Abbey in London and led, some years later, to the foundation of the Benedictine Priory of Montreal and the establishment of a worldwide spiritual family linked through the daily practice of meditation. Neil McKenty paints an attractive portrait of this compelling Irish monk whose teaching and writing on meditation were to transform the lives of thousands of men and women.

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TheInsideStory800A book for anyone on the journey to wholeness. A story of toxic religion, sex and celibacy, drinking and depression, and how they led towards self-discovery and spiritual awakening.

“A compelling testimony to our capacity for spiritual transformation in the face of overwhelming odds. McKenty’s story is both inspirational and gut-wrenchingly honest. Highly recommended.”
– Tom Harpur, Syndicated Columnist and bestselling author

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