THE DELIVERANCE OF SISTER CECILIA by William Brinkley

THE DELIVERANCE OF SISTER CECILIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This story which Sister Cecilia told to William Brinkley ( and there can be little doubt that he has done little to change its character) appeared in shorter form in Life and here is a fuller account of her escape from Communist occupied and oppressed Czechoslovakia. Farm born, Sister Cecilia changed places with her brother and secured a convent schooling with the Ursulines- later joined another and less restrictive convent for the six year probationary period preceding her final vows. For seventeen years she taught kindergerten with a happy dedication to her children as well as her faith, until in 1948 the Communists closed the convent schools, put the nuns to work in fields or factories, and eventually sent Sister Cecilia into the underground. The threat of arrest forced her to exchange her habit for ski pants, and at first refusing to leave her country, she went into hiding- moved out of the city. Still on the wanted list, she was finally persuaded by a priest to leave, and made the last journey across the border with its attendant fear and danger.... The courage which is by no means blind, the simplicity which is free of severity, the steady faith-gives her story a special quality.

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1954
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Young