Catherine found her way back home to Ireland during the Summer of 2018 following 26 years in California. She worked there as a hospice nurse, studied spirituality, and various forms of body therapies.
These years in California were preceded by 17 years in West Africa – Ghana and Nigeria, working as a nurse and midwife. There she founded a Primary Health Care program for village people living in a remote area and distant from hospital care. Using simple, preventive health care among native people, especially women and children, proved to be life saving for the very young. This was deeply rewarding work for Catherine.
Growing up in Ireland, in Dundalk, Co. Louth, Catherine was one of 7 children and the first of 6 daughters of a much loved family medical doctor. From a very early age she has memories of accompanying him to visit people in their homes, near and far away. All this brought her into close contact with a variety of people, and with the poverty in Ireland in the 50’s and later years.
At the age of 18 she joined a religious community which nurtured and gave expression to her spirituality.