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Writing on wall inspires Aspinwall parish reverend's second book

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Rev. Robert Duch, former pastor os Saint Scholastica Church returned to show his new book. Jan Pakler 111013

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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

When the Rev. Robert Duch retired from St. Scholastica Parish in Aspinwall nearly six years ago, he finally had time to pursue an idea that had been building for 40 years.

While on a skiing trip in Utah about four decades ago, Duch saw a saying on his hotel's wall that read, “Reputation is what people think of you, character is what God thinks.”

That saying led to a homily that became popular with his parishioners.

“It caught on, and then people were encouraging me to write a book,” Duch said.

That book is “God, What Do You Think of Me?”

It is on sale online and at local religious book stores, including Merhaut Religious Store in Allison Park.

Duch, who spent 14 years at St. Scholastica Parish and now lives in Harmar Township, said the book is split into two parts. The first takes 40 Bible passages and shows how to apply them in daily life.

The second discusses new evangelization.

“I'd like people to become more Christ-like, and once they're more Christ-like or Christian, then they can help the parishes they are members of be more Christ-centered,” Duch said.

Duch said he hopes the book will encourage people to read the Bible and apply Scripture to their own lives.

“I want it to be a practical way of living with God,” Duch said.

The writing process took about six months, he said.

It is his second book. He previously wrote “Successful Parish Leadership: Nurturing the Animated Parish” in 1990.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or



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