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book in gratitudeIn Gratitude – the Story of a Gift Filled Life is the memoir of one of our parishioners. Orpen Press, the publishers, describe Catherine McCann’s story as an ordinary life lived to the full; that it should appeal to all those interested in the pursuit of creativity and friendship, service and faith; and offers readers an opportunity to absorb the wisdom that her story offers. They continue: it is a book rich in social history, from growing up in one of Dublin’s grandest houses, to religious life and to a life of holistic service of others.

Until she was twenty she lived in Simmonscourt Castle, in those days an estate of 20 acres (originally including the site of the present Poor Clare Convent which was donated to them by her grandmother in the late 1890’s). She entered the Sisters of Charity in Milltown and trained as a physiotherapist. Twenty-five years later she felt called to leave and continued as a physiotherapist, counsellor and spiritual director. In her late thirties she formed a deep friendship with Charlie O’Connor s.j. and they worked together on many projects including taking forty groups to the Holy Land. She is also the author of many books including Who Cares? A Guide for all Who Care for Others and Falling in Love with Life, An Understanding of Ageing, as well as several books on her Shekina Sculpture Garden in Glenmalure, Co Wicklow. Her life of faith is intertwined in her story and includes thoughts on prayer and what belonging to Church means for her.

Margaret MacCurtain, historian, says of this work ‘A valuable window into a recent past – courageous, poignant, enriching and honest.’

(This Book is available in Hampton Bookshop in Donnybrook)

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