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My parents baptized me 'Margaret Rose O'Connor.'My father was Irish while my mother, who spoke Polish as a child, was, of course, Polish, I was born in St. Paul Minnesota where I was raised in an Irish Catholic family with my three brothers: Vincent, Gregory and Timothy. In St. Paul, Minnesota being Irish is salient. I had the good fortune to be educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet in St. Joseph's Academy and the College of St. Catherine. My daughter Mary Beth lives in St. Paul while working as a senior technical support engineer. My son Christopher flies a medical helicopter out of Fargo, North Dakota and my son Thomas is a software engineer in Irvine, California.
Now I am a spiritual writer and speaker with a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota. But more important, I am Lay Cistercian of Gethsemani Abbey, the Trappist Monastery in Kentucky that was home to Thomas Merton.
I want to share an important part of my story with you. Every life has turning points. Mine began eleven years ago, with a retreat made partly out
One day I decided to go to Mass, for just that one morning. The next day I decided to go to Mass again, for just one more morning. And so it continued - from one day to the next until the present. Now my husband, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy from the Ohio State University, and I attend daily Mass at Immaculate Conception parish in Columbus, Ohio. We also participate in our parish's Perpetual Adoration program; he from 2-3AM every Wednesday and I from 2-3PM every Wednesday.
Since the monastery experience, I began to read scripture with my heart, to meditate, to set time apart for prayer. My enthusiasm for this wonderful new awareness of God leads me to share it with others through my writing and my workshops. My workshops and writings focus on personal spiritual growth and prayer. My presentations and writings are in complete harmony with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Experience has shown me that my workshops and writing appeal to people of non-Catholic communions.
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