Daughters of Nazareth
".......one week after my first communion and three days before my seventh birthday, my father went back into hospital and I awoke to the sound of silence at home."
That afternoon, a police car delivered Patricia Gourgaud to Nazareth House, a Catholic orphanage for abandoned children. She would never see her home or her mother again.
Throughout years of loveless discipline from the nuns at the orphanage, and abuse at the hands of foster parents, Patricia would wonder why her family had discarded her. She never stopped longing for the mother who had deserted her or for her beloved father, whose too few visits ceased mysteriously when she was a young teenager. Against the odds, at the age of fifteen, she ran away from her last abusive foster home determined to reinvent herself and heal. She would leave the horrors of her past behind her and start a new life for herself. Alone.
But fate wasn’t finished with her yet. One night twenty years later, after escaping from a relationship of domestic violence, she received a telephone call from a complete stranger, a young woman who had a story of her own to tell that included Patricia. Overnight their lives changed as the past began to unfold. It would only be the beginning of extraordinary discoveries as the two women delved deep into government archives for answers.
Daughters of Nazareth is Patricia’s story. It is a compelling and moving account of a woman who refused to be bowed by the worst the world could do to her. It is a story about how a life of yearning and loneliness was transformed into one filled with love, happiness and peace. But above all, it is the deeply touching story of a woman who grew up without a family only to find them when she least expected it.
Daughters of Nazareth is a compelling and moving account of a woman who refused to be bowed by the worst the world could do. It is a lesson about how a life of yearning and loneliness can be transformed into one filled with love, happiness and acceptance. Above all, it is a deeply touching story of a woman who grew up without a family, only to find them when she least expected it.