t felt like the height of Roman summer as Marian Press
author Susan Conroy arrived in Italy to take part in
the international media coverage surroundingMother Teresa’s Sept. 4 canonization.
The air conditioning in her
hotel room wasn’t working, but as she ironed her clothes
in preparation for the first of several interviews — indeed,
as a CBS News crew was setting up in an anteroom off the
hotel lobby — Susan wasn’t sweating it.
Despite the heat and having had no sleep in 24 hours,
the author of the new book Praying with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Insights, and Wisdom of Saint Teresa of Calcutta
was calm, cool, and collected.
How did this quiet, unassuming, deeply prayerful
woman from South Portland, Maine, get to this point? It
took three mothers. Susan’s devotion to Mother Teresa is
overshadowed only by that of her own biological mother
(who once gave her a prayercard and holy books that
changed her life) and her spiritual mother, the Blessed
Virgin Mary, whom she says with a smile “is my book
agent” who continually opens doors for her.
This most recent door was huge. Millions around the
world had the opportunity to
listen to her share her experiences of her dear friend
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, not just on CBS News, but also
on NBC News, EWTN, and other news outlets.
Heaven and earth come calling
One of 10 children, Susan says Our Lady played a
big role for the Conroy family while she was growing
up. “Every night we would hear my father’s voice say,
‘Prayers,’ and we all knew where to go,” she said. They
would kneel before a painting of the Blessed Mother hold-
ing her Divine Child Jesus, and they would pray.
Susan said that her parents understood that their pri-
mary task was to help their children get to Heaven. “I
was taught that life on earth was a journey and that this
By Joan LamarSusan Conroy talks about her time with St. Teresa.