Monday, August 15, 2011

On August 15

On this day in ...
... 1896 (115 years ago today), Ekaterina Fyodorovna Kolyschkine was born on a train in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, to a family from that empire's "minor nobility." Following a teen marriage to a cousin, she worked as a nurse at the beginning of World War I, then fled revolutionary Russia, 1st to Finland and then to England, where she converted to Catholicism. She immigrated to Canada with her son and husband, even as her marriage disintegrated (eventually it would be annulled). She began a career of lecturing, writing, and social activism. Remarried in 1943 and known as Catherine Doherty (right), she founded Madonna House, a global movement of missions for the poor. Doherty, who died in Canada in 1985, reportedly is under consideration for sainthood.

(Prior August 15 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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