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Catherine: Creator of Catholic Culture

Catherine’s life and teaching cannot be fully understood unless we try to grasp the completely Christian culture from which she came. I don’t know of any other founders of ecclesial communities in the 20th century who have had such a background.

Catherine and Thomas Merton

Photo of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin, used on his funeral card.

Photo of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin, used on his funeral card.One aspect of Catherine Doherty’s life of Gospel intensity concerns how she inspired others to love the Lord. Such influence is another indication of the love of God present in, and working through, her. It is my conviction that she had such an influence on Thomas Merton.

The New Episcopal Appointees

(left to right): Kathleen Janet Thompson, Dr. Elizabeth Smyth, Fr. Robert Wild, Fr. Pat Cogan, Dr. Vicki Bennett, Fr. Terrence Fay. (front) Fr. Alexandre Tache.

(left to right): Kathleen Janet Thompson, Dr. Elizabeth Smyth, Fr. Robert Wild, Fr. Pat Cogan, Dr. Vicki Bennett, Fr. Terrence Fay. (front) Fr. Alexandre Tache.Five recent appointees of Bishop Richard Smith of Pembroke are to begin the next phase of research into Catherine’s life and writings. For the first time, they all came together in Combermere to meet the Bishop and Madonna House, and to meet one another, since some of them had not yet met each other. They also needed to see our archives and set their sights for future research. What is this “next phase”?