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MARQUETTE — The Diocese of Marquette brought a well-known Catholic author to Marquette, as the key speaker for their 32nd Annual Hospitality Lecture.
Denise Bossert grew up as the daughter of a Protestant preacher. She started her speech with how the loss of her father left a void in her life – and pushed her to look for answers.
“It was not on my radar to become Catholic. But, after my father passed away from a season of intense suffering, I started reading books. Literature is my major, so I started reading books on the theology of suffering. And I happened upon Saint John the Cross, and Saint Teresa of Avila, and I had my answers. I knew I wanted to become Catholic,” Bossert explained.
Bossert also explained that from then on, she was driven to speak and write about her experiences.
She’s now a syndicated columnist throughout 63 diocesan newspapers. Ave Maria Press released her first book, ‘Gifts of the Visitation‘.
Each year, the lecture is underwritten by an anonymous donor. This year, over 70 people were in attendance of the lecture.