A Prayer for Owen Meany

Father Findley Character Analysis

Father Findley is the head of St. Michael’s, the Catholic church from which Owen Meany removed and vandalized the statue of Mary Magdalene. Father Dingley kindly forgives Owen for mutilating the statue and tries to help his case with college admissions, since Randolph White is trying to have all of Owen’s offers rescinded.
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Father Findley Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany

The timeline below shows where the character Father Findley appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: The Dream 
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Merrill tells Dan that the head of St. Michael’s Church and School is Father Findley. He doesn’t know what Owen has done, but Owen asks him to say a prayer... (full context)
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...but they specify that he will work for the Catholic Church during that time. Father Findley kindly does not press charges against Owen, and agrees to help his case with schools. (full context)
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Findley apparently knew Owen’s family, and was very sympathetic when he recognized who Owen’s parents were,... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Finger 
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Owen says he’s been talking to Father Findley and working on replacing the statue of Mary Magdalene that he vandalized. He wants Findley... (full context)
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...shaped to look as if the statue is rising from the grave. Owen says Father Findley is pleased by it, while Hester thinks it’s disturbing—she’s fed up with Owen’s preoccupation with... (full context)
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...about his “dream,” surely it’s only a dream. Owen says that Rev. Merrill and Father Findley have told him the same thing. He tells John again that John has no faith.... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Shot
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...was still so young and impressionable. He says that Owen talked to him and Father Findley about his parents’ ideas, causing them both to pity him. Owen didn’t believe he was... (full context)
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...Coach Chickering is there, and Buzzy Thurston’s parents, who recently buried their own son. Father Findley and Mrs. Hoyt are there; the Wiggins are not. A unit of the New Hampshire... (full context)