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Thomas C. Lawler

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Thomas C. Lawler
Mr. Lawler co-wrote and co-edited the 1976 book with his late brother, Capuchin Franciscan friar Ronald Lawler, and Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh. The catechism, which is a religious encyclopedia that summarizes the fundamentals of the faith, has been translated into at least 13 languages and is now in its fifth edition, having sold more than 400,000 copies.

From 1964 to 1991, he was co-editor of the popular Ancient Christian Writers series of books, published by the Paulist Press. He also translated "St. Augustine: Sermons for Christmas and Epiphany" and "The Letters of St. Jerome," both part of the series.

Mr. Lawler received the papal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal in 2001, the highest award given to a layperson, for his service to the Catholic Church.

He took up religious work full time after 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency. He worked for the CIA from 1951 to 1977 and received the agency's Intelligence Medal of Merit. The year after retiring from the CIA, he was appointed the first director of the Arlington County diocese's director of religious education.

He served on the board of directors for the Arlington Catholic Herald newspaper and was on the board of Catholic Charities.
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