• Where—Texas, USA
• Education—diploma, Gregorian University (Rome);
B.A., Lamar University; M.F.A. Goddard University
• Currently—lives in Nashua, New Hampshire
At the age of 19, Mary Johnson joined the Missionaries of Charity, the group commonly known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Trusted by Mother Teresa, she rose quickly in the ranks and was sent to study theology at Regina Mundi, a pontifical institute aggregated to the Gregorian University in Rome.There she received a diploma in religious studies, summa cum laude.
For fifteen of Mary Johnson's twenty years as a sister, she was stationed in Rome and often lived with Mother Teresa for weeks at a time.
After leaving the sisters in 1997, Johnson completed a BA in English, summa cum laude. She subsequently received an MFA in Creative Writing. She also married.
A well-respected teacher and public speaker, she has led retreats, workshops, classes, and training sessions of various kinds for nearly thirty years. She currently teaches creative writing and Italian to adults and is Creative Director of A Room of Her Own Foundation's retreats for women writers. (From the publisher.)
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