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Monday, August 22, 2011


Sandra Miesel

I'm surprised that I haven't seen any mention in these stories that St. John came from a converso family--he was Jewish by blood. This would have been a detail of great interest in his own lifetime because of Spain's "purity of blood" statutes.

Fr. Thomas Doyle

Just a note: Sr. Joan, the author of this article, died on October 19, 2007. Before her death, she published an entire volume on St. John of Avila for the Classics of Western Spirituality series, titled Audi, filia. It is too bad that she did not live to see this man she so admired be named a Doctor of the Church, but here's hoping and praying that she sees him face to face now in heaven.

Carl E. Olson

Thank you, Fr. Doyle, for this information; I did some searches online prior to posting the piece, but couldn't find much about St. Gormley beyond what is in the short bio. I will update it. May she rest in peace!

Fr. Thomas Doyle

You are welcome, Mr. Olson. I just happened to have first-hand information. Sr. Joan was my formation advisor at the Mount when she finished the book and then passed away.

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