Tag Archives: foundress

Catherine Doherty and Madonna House

A theology of founders and foundresses has arisen since Vatican II. Catherine saw herself as having been called by the Lord to be the foundress of, first, Friendship House, and then Madonna House (both of which we shall be considering). Her awareness of being a foundress grew over a period of time, as it often did with other foundresses.

Spiritual Maternity

Fr. Don Guglielmi, Madonna House Associate Priest.

Fr. Don Guglielmi, Madonna House Associate Priest.This summer, a milestone has been reached in “Catherine Studies,” which I am making the focus of this present newsletter. Our associate priest, Fr. Don Guglielmi, of the Bridgeport, Connecticut diocese, successfully defended his thesis and became a Doctor of Sacred Theology. The topic of his thesis? Staritsa: The Spiritual Maternity of Catherine de Hueck Doherty.

Unity in Diversity

When the Lord desires to create a new community, he usually speaks to an individual—rather than to a committee! Since the Second Vatican Council a theology of founders and foundresses has developed.

A Vision of the Whole

Catherine Doherty at Madonna House in Combermere.

Catherine Doherty at Madonna House in Combermere.How the Holy Spirit used outstanding laity such as Catherine Doherty to give rise to what the Church is now calling “ecclesial communities and movements.”