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Kresta in the Afternoon – April 28, 2021 – Hour 2

We discuss St Catherine of Siena’s leadership in chaos with Fr. Thomas McDermott.

Lessons from St Catherine on Times of Plague and Crisis

In many ways the world of St Catherine of Siena mirrors our own. The Church was shaken by scandals of clerical abuse and division and the bubonic plague was ravaging the developed world. But out of this chaos arose a newly inspired and empowered laity. Tomorrow’s her feast day; we’ll celebrate her life with Fr. Thomas McDermott

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Drawn by Love website

Catherine of Siena and Leaving the Church

Fr Thomas McDermott is pastor of St Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in River Forest, Illinois. He’s the author of Catherine of Siena: Essays on Her Life and Thought. Visit and check out his podcasts on her life at

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