- Publisher: StuartRose Publishing, LLC (2011)
- ISBN-10: 0983611203
- ISBN-13: 978-0983611202
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Red Skirt: Memoirs of an Ex Nun Paperback – 2011
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More About the Author
Patricia is a published poet, a member of the Author's Committee for the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, and the advisor for the "Ladies of the Lake Book Club."
She lives in Watervliet, MI. on beautiful Paw Paw Lake with her husband and two cats. Their combined family is quite large; between them they have seven children and thirteen grandchildren.
I left the convent after 5 years to become a wife, mother and public school teacher. But some experiences in life never go away. For years I would be stopped by the images of my convent past: my body bent over marble steps in the Motherhouse, scrubbing black spots; a sister's face whose death affected me as a young sister-in-training, a priest who supported me through every transition, and then was lost to me after I was assigned to teach in Illinois.
These memories, and the fact that my own children simply couldn't get around the idea that their mother, who seemed to be like most moms, had been a nun, led me to begin to reflect through writing about the years I lived as a nun, including why I entered the convent and why I could not stay there.
Top Customer Reviews
The time in the convent as also beautifully described, how I can picture the young women trying to change into their night gowns, by putting them over their nun clothes during silent meditation before bed, with a few of the young women cursing in frustration...and so many other delicate moments.
Truly a wonderful read for the summer, or whenever, light and airy, with enough depth to keep you quite interested, but not overloaded!
Throughout the book, the reader gets a deep sense that Pat is not "called" to be there from any natural inclination or unrelenting desire. The idea was planted from outside like kudzu she could not easily shake off. Moments of friendship, consolation and mission do occur in the book, but they are equaled by strange events and interactions. Pat is masterful at creating scenes and the characters who inhabit them.
Shocking for their absence are the events that rocked our world in Pat's convent years: the Cuban missile crisis, Kennedy and King assassinations, Viet Nam and civil rights. Vatican II gets scant mention. The Adrian Pat knew seemed isolated from the outside world then. I was surprised, since they and so many communities moved from a semi-cloistered personal spirituality to deep engagement in societal transformation. I wonder what was the catalyst for some quick change: how did we get from scrubbing floors in silence to "nuns on the bus" in a few short decades? This book is a great prequel to a time of revolution.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This could have been a much better book than it was. I thought it would be interesting to learn about the life of a nun, especially told by one who left the convent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by brea2942
I find it very interesting that the author who was a member of the same congregation as I -- and became a member only 2 years after I did --manages to mis-label and mis-identify so... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sharon Reads and Shops
So captivating that I couldn't put the book down. Well written and insightful.Published 9 months ago by Patricia Antonelli
I think a lot of Catholic girls think about being a Nun when they're growing up.This book was great,giving me a taste of what I missed.Published 11 months ago by Roberta Martinez
Interesting view of the sacrifices mad of sisters in the nunnery.Published 12 months ago by Virge Goebel
Wow! This was one of those life experiences you just couldn't put down! I was completely drawn in by her fascinating life and it just was overpowering. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mommagamerz
Patricia O’Donnell tells her story in the “Red Skirt – Memoirs of An Ex Nun.” It is a story of growing up Catholic: the expectations of her Irish father, parochial schools, and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Richard R. Blake