Mary Johnson - Former Nun Speaks on Her Time with Mother Teresa

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For twenty years, as Sister Donata, M ( Johnson ( was a Missionary of Charity, a nun in Mother Teresa’s order, until she left in 1997. A respected teacher and public speaker, she has been named a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and is on the board of A Room of Her Own Foundation.

Ms. Johnson will read excerpts from her book, and answer questions at The Book Passage in Corte Madera ( This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited.

At seventeen, Mary Johnson experienced her calling when she saw a photo of Mother Teresa on the cover of Time magazine; eighteen months later she began her training as a Missionary of Charity, a nun in Mother Teresa’s order.

Not without difficulty, this boisterous, independent-minded teenager eventually adapted to the sisters’ austere life of poverty and devotion, but beneath the white-and-blue sari beat the heart of an ordinary young woman who faced daily the simple and profound struggles we all share, the same desires for love and connection.

Eventually, after twenty years of service, Johnson left the church to find her own path. In An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir ( ($16.00), her magnificently told story holds universal truths about the mysteries of faith and how a woman discovers herself.