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Catholic Focus: The Spirituality of Catherine Doherty

Matthew Harrison

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

frwmh1A Russian baroness in the backwoods of Canada seems like an odd scenario, but that was in fact the case when Catherine Doherty arrived in 1947 to Combermere, Ontario. She would remain there for the rest of her life, until her death in 1985.
While there she founded Madonna House (a group of lay men, women, and priests, living together in community), wrote and presented volumes of material, offered counsel and direction to many, and lived her vocation to restore all things to Christ.
Who is this woman that Madonna House members affectionately refer to as the B?
In tonight's episode of Catholic Focus I sit with Fr. Robert Wild, a Madonna House priest who is also the postulator of her cause for canonization and we discuss her spirituality (her cause opened in 1990; she is currently considered a “Servant of God”). From her writings Poustinia and Sobernost, to the Little Mandate which guides members of Madonna House, to the influence of her Russian heritage, we take a small look at a spiritual giant of the 20th century.
Tune in to Salt + Light, or stream us live online, Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm & 11pm ET, or Sunday, October 4th, at the same times, for Catholic Focus: The Spirituality of Catherine Doherty.

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