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Kresta in the Afternoon – January 8, 2021 – Hour 2

Lessons from St Catherine on Times of Plague and Crisis (full hour)

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. We celebrate her life and feast day with Fr Thomas McDermott.

Fr. Thomas McDermott

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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Catherine of Siena and Leaving the Church

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