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The Life of Caherine de Hueck Doherty

Author: Lorene Hanley Duquin
Copyright: 1995

Born at the turn of the century into the wealth and luxury of Russian nobility, condemned to death during the Bolshevik Revolution, an immigrant to North America, friend of the rich and famous, victim of an unhappy marriage and divorce, foundress of the Friendship Houses in America and the Madonna Houses throughout the world, a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement and a woman passionately in love with God, Catherine de Hueck Doherty remains an enigma since her death in 1985. Considered a saint by some (her cause is under consideration) and a charlatan by others, hers is an undeniably extraordinary story.

About the Author: Lorene Hanley Duquin, wife and mother of four, is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, McCall’s, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, Catholic Digest, Our Sunday Visitor and other publications. She has also written CouId You Ever Come Back to the Catholic Church? (Alba House, 1997), (with her son Christopher J. Duquin) Could You Ever Become a Catholic Priest? (Alba House, 1998), and Could You Ever Become a Catholic? (Alba House, 2001).

Book: 334 pages
ISBN-10: 0-8189-0827-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8189-0827-9
Prod. Code: 0827-0

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"The spirit of the fiery, passionate, and erratic Catherine de Hueck Doherty is captured quite well in Lorene Hanley Duquin's They Called Her the Baroness. This biography reads like a novel. So does the life of each of us -- if only we had God's perspective, which sees each life's wealth of small details in a Spirit's synthesis that would take our breath away. The lives of each of the saints may show us inspiringly a trace of that same Spirit moving over lands and waters not so very different from our own. A new Ash Wednesday and a new Pentecost are of a piece with God's new creation of all of us." --Regina Siegfried, ASC in Review for Religious, January-February 1997


"They Called Her the Baroness reads like a novel with all the ingredients such as love, romance, rejection, betrayal, envy, gossip, intrigue, misunderstanding, deception, and recrimination. It would make a great film. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the author, Lorene Hanley Duquin for writing this well-researched labor of love over several years. She went through 24 books written by Catherine and over 100 books / articles written by others. The author herself came in contact with Catherine; she was 20 and Catherine was 74. As a marginal Catholic, the author was reluctant to write the book, but after interviewing well over 100 individuals who worked and associated with Catherine, she immersed herself in writing this book which changed her own life. They Called Her the Baroness is a book for everyone: skeptics, believers, clergy, laity, lovers, saints and sinners." --Stanely M. Grabowski, Ph.D. inPastoral Life, April 1996


"We are much indebted to Duquin for her painstaking research and for writing so well about the Baroness, helping us to live through the many trials, hopes and 'the agony and the ecstasy of the spiritual journey' of this remarkable woman. This is one book certainly worth reading." --Alfred de Manche in The Catholic Register , Toronto's Archdiocesan Newspaper, April 1, 1996


"Father Robert Wild, a Madonna House priest who is coordinating the cause (of her canonization), explained the meaning of her holiness for people today: 'She was misunderstood. She was emotionally and spiritually battered. But she kept getting up every day and trying again. It's encouraging to all of us that you don't have to be perfect, if you're willing to ask for God's help'." --Pat Bartos writes from Pittsburgh, PA for Our Sunday Visitor , March 24, 1996


"I found it made for fascinating reading. And it also concerns that rarest of things, a 'Canadian' success story within the Church universal. Highly recommended! --Fr. Alphonse de Valk in Catholic Insight, Toronto, Canada


"The message of Catherine's life appeals to modern living: a troubled marriage, a search for truth and for God, concern for racial equality, direct contact with the poor, rural and inner city ministries, the pain of rejection by staff members and Church officials, a sense of homlessness and restlessness, a thirst for mystical prayer, a concern for the earth, a dream of unifying East and West -- threads of these weave in and through the entire texture of the life of Catherine as told here." --Sr. Fran Gangloff in "Book Reviews," Western New York Catholic, March 1996


"Few peoples' lives mirror the events of the 20th century the way Catherine de Hueck Doherty's does. A Russian 'Baroness' who fled to Canada during the Bolshevik revolution, Catherine suffered through an unhappy marriage and a divorce, founded 3 Friendship Houses to care for the poor, and was a pioneer in the Civil Rights movement. A prominent spiritual writer, she was the author of such contemporary classics as PoustiniaSobornost, and The Gospel Without Compromise. In 1979 Fragments of My Life offered her recollections. It was, she said, "a book of memories that wander from my childhood... to old age." In 1943 her soon-to-be husband Eddie Doherty, a prominent journalist, published Tumbleweed, her biography to that point. But this is the first biography since her death in 1985. Lorene Hanley Duquin, who has written for publications like McCalls and the L.A. Times, was drawn to Catherine's story because she was a divorcee whose marriage had been annulled, a single parent, and a working mother. But the spiritual richness of Catherines' story soon led both her writing and her own life in unexpected directions. Duquin is an engaging writer, and she has, in Catherine's life, a wonderful story to tell. She does so quite forthrightly, creating a portrait of a very complex woman whose life was sometimes filled with contradictions. As Duquin ably shows, Catherine was a woman who, despite her failings, possessed an intense passion for the gospel and was, as she wrote in Fragments, 'in love with God'."-- Spiritual Book News, March 1996


"Lorene Hanley Duquin might be Catherine Doherty's first miracle. Mrs. Duquin has just published a biography about Catherine who founded Friendship House, a refuge for the needy, and Madonna House, a religious community. During the six years she worked on the book, They Called Her the Baroness, something unexpected happed to Mrs. Duquin. She not only developed an intimate knowledge of Catherine de Hueck Doherty, but also rediscovered her own faith." --Dave Condren, News Religion Reporter for the Buffalo News, February 4, 1996


"Six years of research and writing on the life of the founder of Friendship House USA and Madonna House, Combermere, Canada, taught the author that the desire for truth -- in spite of the pain -- really does set one free. The truth sought by Catherine de Hueck Doherty, the 'Baroness,' was the will and love of Christ who sought her relentlessly through 89 years of intense joy, tragedy, conflict, misunderstanding, poverty, hardships, mystical experiences and ultimate peace. Catherine called her work 'building bridges of love' and Canada paid her tribute with the Order of Canada in 1976. She died Dec. 14, 1985, at 89, and her grave cross bears the words: 'She loved the poor.' Was she 'mad' or a saint? Well, both, thank God, who cherishes our humanity and challenges our capacity for self-sacrifice on the way to saintliness. Duquin has plotted the course the Baroness travelled, and challenges the rest of us to heed the Madonna House Little Mandate: 'Arise -- Go!'" --JWG in Prairie Messenger, Jan. 29, 1996


"God raises up figures for the times, and during the Great Depression of the 1930's, he singled out Dorothy Day and the Baroness de Hueck Doherty. Dorothy's "Houses of Hospitality" and the Baroness with her "Madonna Houses" brought practical charity to the street level. Lorene Hanley Duquin tells the definitive story of Catherine de Hueck Doherty in They Called Her the Baroness." --Msgr. Charles Dollen in "Priestalk" for The Priest, 1996

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