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April 13, 2013

Author of 'Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood' to discuss book

NORTH ANDOVER — For more than 30 years, Pat Gohn has worked in parish-based faith formation and women’s ministry, in addition to being a columnist, host of a podcast for women and radio broadcaster.

She has combined all those experiences in “Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood,” published last month by Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Ind.

Gohn will speak about her book on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s parish hall, 196 Main St.

“I was looking for ways to introduce women’s dignity, how God made us in his image and how God knows us. It’s an added blessing to be a beloved daughter of God,” she said.

“Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious” is an extension of the conversations she has had with listeners of her podcast, “Among Women.”

“Among Women” has more than 150 episodes and focuses on faith sharing, teaching, and conversation. It spotlights the lives of women saints and contemporary Catholic women.

“Based on research of church writings and scriptures, women bring the gift of life both maternally and physically,” she said.

In the book, Gohn also shares the knowledge she gained from the writings of Pope John Paul II, especially on the “feminine genius.”

“It means seeing a person with her heart, it’s not a political framework. This book is an attempt to explain the feminine genius. It really says women are God’s creation and we need to know this about ourselves. These gifts help strengthen relationships and love,” Gohn said.

Born in Queens, N.Y., she and her husband Bob moved to Massachusetts in the mid-1990s. They joined St. Michael Parish in 1994. Gohn was coordinator of the Eucharistic ministry program that took Communion to the sick at their residences, hospitals and nursing homes.

She also hosted Advent and Lenten missions, and brought speakers and musical guests to the parish. Gohn was part of the team that established daily adoration to the Blessed Sacrament at St. Michael.

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