Sister Genevieve had no idea that the neighbourhood surrounding St Louise’s would soon become a war zone. In fact, Catholic families would be routed out of their homes by Protestant bombs, street battles would rage between the IRA and British soldiers on patrol. West Belfast would go up in smoke, with her girls in the middle of it all. Many would lose their fathers to the army, to prison, or to the grave. But she would not lose them. Sister Genevieve confronted violence and loss in her homilies and prayers. She enabled her girls to put despair out of their minds. With strength and courage, she helped them rise above the Troubles. This is her story.
…AND FOR ALL TIME
‘Movingly impressive… her remarkable story is well worth the telling.’
Times Literary Supplement
‘Rae shows real insight into the spiritual motivation that Genevieve drew from her religious life. He develops also an unusual understanding of the armed conflict that raged over West Belfast.’
‘A biography of a little-known but remarkable woman… should be compulsory reading for everyone who has anything to do with education.’