We are pleased to announce that Lorraine V. Murray has joined the growing family of contributing writers at the Integrated Catholic Life.  If you are unfamiliar with her work, you are in for a treat.  Randy and I have been loyal readers of Lorraine’s writing for years.

Lorraine V. Murray grew up in Miami, and graduated from Immaculata Academy High School. One of the nuns there predicted that if Lorraine went to a secular college, she would be in great danger of losing her faith. Lorraine thought that was funny, but in fact the sister’s prediction came true.

Majoring in English at the University of Florida, Lorraine bid farewell to her Catholicism when she was 19. She went on to get a Ph.D. in philosophy and became a radical feminist and atheist for over 20 years.

After teaching courses in English and philosophy on the college level, Lorraine worked as an editor in a university publications office. In her forties, the Lord called her back to her Catholic roots, and she went on to write about her conversion journey in her book “Confessions of an Ex-Feminist.”

Her more recent books are “Death in the Choir,” a Catholic mystery featuring murder and mayhem in a small Georgia parish, and “The Abbess of Andalusia: Flannery O’Connor’s Spiritual Journey.” In fall 2010 her second mystery, “Death of a Liturgist,” will make its debut. All her books can be seen at www.lorrainevmurray.com.

Lorraine writes regular columns for the religion section of “The Atlanta Journal-Constitution” and “The Georgia Bulletin.” She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband, Jef, a Tolkien artist and book illustrator. In her spare time, she bakes bread, watches hummingbirds, and chases squirrels out of her garden.

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