Bonds of Brotherhood
“The moment you came into my life, you offered your love freely, no strings attached. You never expected anything in return, and you love me for who I am, not who you want me to become. I’ve never experienced anything like that.”
She is unlike anyone I have ever known. If I don’t seize this moment, it may never happen again.
Fiction / Romance
Anthony and Kevin met in seminary; both are secretly gay and get into a steamy, romantic relationship. Will they stay together, facing all the homophobia from the church and society in the 1980s?
New Men: Bonds of Brotherhood is a story filled with idealism and an abundance of hope. Three men travel to Vatican City to become priests when their eyes open to a world of faith, deception, and political intrigue.
Each man has dreams of transforming the world and leading the faithful through life’s journey. Kevin, Miguel, and Anthony enter a realm where faith takes a back seat to ecclesial power. Stumbling into sexual relationships, friendships explode into a romantic rollercoaster and contradict time-honoured traditions.
New Men: Bonds of Brotherhood is a romantic journey of self-discovery inspired by true stories. Journey with them as they explore what they truly desire.
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About the author
Mario Dell’Olio has previously published two books, both finalists for the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. The first is a memoir, Coming About: Life in the Balance, about a sailing adventure going terribly wrong. The second book, Body And Soul, is an LGBTQA+ fiction that explores the strife of coming out during the 1980s.
His latest release, New Men: Bonds of Brotherhood, is a romantic journey of self-discovery inspired by true stories. Filled with romance, hope, and desire. Coming late 2020.
As chair of the music department and ethics teacher at an independent school for girls in Manhattan, Mario Dell'Olio conducts the Concert and Chamber Choirs. Dr. Dell'Olio is responsible for all Liturgical celebrations for the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. He leads the Choirs on annual international and domestic concert tours, and has released numerous albums on iTunes.
Dr. Dell'Olio was director of music at Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco, California, from 1990 - 2000.
He led the Basilica Choir on its first international concert tour to Italy in June 1999.
Dr. Dell'Olio holds a Doctor of Sacred Music, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, and a Masters in Religious Education.
He pursued postgraduate work in Theology as a seminarian at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy.
Coming About: Life in the Balance
A mid-life crisis, a sailing adventure, and a rescue at sea, Coming About tells a story of survival and inner-strength through a foundational loving relationship.
Coming About is a memoir of Mario and Jim who, at 40, quit their jobs and sell their home in San Francisco to follow their dream. They buy a 50-foot sailboat and move to St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands, where they discover many quirky facets of adjusting to life on the island and its many cultural idiosyncrasies. During the maiden voyage from the US mainland to St. Thomas, they encounter treacherous weather conditions and a series of life-threatening events that lead to a rescue at sea and the destruction of their dreams of retirement in a Caribbean paradise.
Battling waves and shark-infested waters, their lives hang in the balance. Their struggles are recounted, as they search for meaning in the near loss of their lives.
Body and Soul
Raised in a strict Catholic family, Luca seemed destined for the priesthood. His safe spiritual world is shattered after just one kiss with a college roommate. Luca enters a self-discovery period, as his journey of love opens his eyes to the joy he never thought would be possible.
Along with his new-found love comes unfathomable pain and self-doubt. Years later, a newly ordained bishop is at the pinnacle of his career when a chance encounter with a lover from his youth threatens to upend his prestigious job and comfortable life. His celibacy and vocation vows are called into question as he struggles with his faith, loneliness, and need for love.
How do these seemingly disparate characters come together to make sense of the unexpected twists and turns in their lives? How do they balance their bodily desires with their search for meaning?