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Mary C. Johnson
Mary Johnson, author of "An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir," was a nun in the community founded by Mother Teresa for 20 years. After leaving the Missionaries of Charity in 1997, Johnson has become a respected teacher and public speaker on issues of meaning and secularism. She has been widely published, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, O the Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg View, National Public Radio.
She is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and serves on the board of the A Room of Her Own Foundation. She lives in New Hampshire.

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Entries by Mary C. Johnson

God's Not Dead (But Even If He Is, He Deserves Better Than This Movie)

(27) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 6:13 PM

I love a good movie. During the 20 years I was a nun in the community founded by Mother Teresa, we saw two movies a year, 60 of us huddled eagerly on the floor around a loaned for-the-day TV. Selection was limited by the need to hue to strict dogmatic...

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Questions for Pope Francis on Holy Thursday

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 9:51 AM

When I was a nun in Rome, I sometimes visited the prison where Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 young inmates. In those days, I wore a white sari as one of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

In 1980, I helped prepare 12 indigent men...

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Remembering Princess Diana and Mother Teresa: They Met at My House

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 5:06 PM

This week marks the fifteenth anniversaries of the tragic deaths, just six days apart, of two twentieth century icons, beloved women who first met at my house.

Some might expect that from my perspective -- that of an ex-nun who spent twenty years in Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity...

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The Vatican Lays A Cunning Trap For American Nuns

(124) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 1:54 PM

At the end of this month, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will meet to formulate a response to a Vatican trap whose cunning is best appreciated within the long tradition of religious authorities who craft impossible dilemmas for those they perceive as threats.

Two millennia ago, the chief priests...

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American Nuns Will Not Be Bullied

(34) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 5:43 PM

American Catholic bishops have recently complained that mandatory contraception coverage and marriage equality violate the religious liberty of Catholics. Yet in a document from the Vatican last week, the bishops seek to curtail the religious liberty of some of the Church's most dedicated members, American women religious, more commonly known...

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