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Deirdre Cornell and her husband Kenney, together with their five children, lived in Mexico for three years as Maryknoll lay missioners. They previously worked with migrant workers in Newburgh, N.Y. Deidre wrote about that life-changing experience in her highly praised first book A Priceless View. The family now resides in Highland, N.Y and continues to serve.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570758719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570758713
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,283,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marian Ronan on August 16, 2012
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In her first book, "A Priceless View," Grail member Deirdre Cornell returns to her childhood home, Newburgh, NY, to share the life of the burgeoning migrant community there. But by the last few pages, she knows that she will leave. And her prediction is fulfilled: in 2004, Deirdre and her husband Kenney and three children move to rural Oaxaca, Mexico, as Maryknoll lay missioners, to deepen their understanding of the migrant cultures surrounding them in upstate New York. In "American Madonna," Deirdre welcomes us into that experience.

At the heart of Deirdre's reflections is Mary, the Mother of God. Here in the US, what with women's liberation and the assimilation of white ethnic Catholics into the American middle class, devotion to the ostensibly sweet, passive Virgin Mary would seem a thing of the past. Yet as Deirdre observes, pilgrimages to sites of Marian apparitions around the world have mushroomed in the modern period, while the Madonna, bearing the marks of her various local inculturations, helps huge numbers of Latin American migrants in their journeys across the border to a new life in the North. Indeed, as Deirdre makes clear, the Virgin Mary is an ideal patroness for our globalized age, crossing borders during her lifetime between Israel and Egypt, and in her Assumption, between earth and heaven, even as she has accompanied travelers, missionaries and migrants across borders over the centuries.

Deirdre organizes "American Madonna" around three different manifestations of Mary: the Virgin of Solitude, the mourning Mother at the foot of the cross who watches over the capital of the southeastern Mexican province of Oaxaca; Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose apparition to St.
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