Mary Frances Coady

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9781771333214October, 1958.  As the pope lies dying in Rome, life carries on thousands of miles away in St. Monica’s Girls’ School.

The students are living in the adolescent space between childhood and adulthood and are testing their limits.

Meanwhile, the nun-teachers are living under a rule that to the outside world is regarded as “holy”, but is more ambiguous to those on the inside.  They are all plodding their way through cultural and spiritual terrain that is both familiar and alien.  They negotiate their way through a present-day life that is shifting under their feet.

Unknown to all of them, their lives are spilling into a world on the cusp of change.


“Coady conveys the psychological complexities of the nuns’ lives without passing judgment on their choices and beliefs….The world she reveals behind the imposing convent walls is surprisingly rich, and entering that world is a rewarding experience.”
Quill and Quire

“A likeable and very readable story of a convent/girls’ school in 1958.”
The Miramichi Reader

Interview with Mary Frances Coady on the occasion of Women’s History Month: