Benedictine College Grad Pens His Second Book on Pope Francis

Benedictine Grad Pens His Second Book on Pope Francis

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kevin Cotter, a Benedictine College alumnus from the Class of 2005, has penned his second book on Pope Francis. Following the success of his Catholic best-selling book, Through the Year with Pope Francis, he has written a new book on the main theme of Pope Francis' papacy—mercy.

The mercy of Pope Francis and the way he embraces the poor, the homeless, and the mentally and physically challenged has moved people around the world. The question naturally arises: How can I follow his example? In A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis, Cotter offers a brief daily meditation from the Holy Father, then follows it with a few reflection questions designed to help each person ponder and receive God’s love. These bite-sized quotes and engaging questions will fit easily into anyone’s busy schedule. But what a powerful few minutes they will be!

A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis draws the reader into God’s unfailing mercy, strengthening, healing and equipping him to fulfill His plan. Ultimately, Cotter shows how to know God more deeply, how to serve others, and how to have a greater impact on your family, church and world.

God doesn't tire of us, Pope Francis has said, but "we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy." Join him in exploring the infinite love and unfailing compassion of the God who is always "there first," ready to receive and embrace us.

Cotter is a missionary with FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) where he serves as the Director of Curriculum and Web. He writes on evangelization, discipleship, bible studies, and Pope Francis on the FOCUS Blog and FOCUS' resource website, As the creator of, Cotter notified over 100,000 people about Pope Francis' election via text and email. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sacred Scripture from the Augustine Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree from Benedictine College. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Lisa and their young children.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.