Where did all the nuns go? – Sister Catharine Courtney reflects on a life of service – The Catholic Leader

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SISTER Catharine Courtney never planned on writing an autobiography.

She says this to me while leading us through the airconditioned corridor of her Nudgee apartment.

The mid-morning sun streams through her living room curtains as we sit across from each other in brown wooden chairs.

Wearing a violet and pink flower speckled blouse, Catharine leans forward in her chair, hands clasped and eyes twinkling.

“I’m a good talker you see,” she said with a smile.

“You’ll need to remind me to take breaks so you can write things down.”

A bright blue book sits in the middle of the coffee table, the centrepiece of the room and our impending conversation.  

At 90 years old, Sr Catharine has just published her first book, An Unusual Life, an insightful retelling of her 70 years as a Sister of Mercy.

 “I could have called the book ‘Where have all the nuns gone?’”, she said with a laugh.

“I decided to call it An Unusual Life because the vast majority of women marry or have a career or have children now days.

Where did all the nuns go? – Sister Catharine Courtney reflects on a life of service – The Catholic Leader

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