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Peggy Fletcher Stack
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Mormons at the door again? No, she’s a Catholic nun

Mormon missionaries may be giving up the door-to-door approach just as a Catholic nun is taking it up — and in LDS territory.

Sister Margery Therese Harkin, accompanied by seminarians or lay people, is knocking on doors in Phoenix to ask "if there are any baptized Catholics in residence and inviting them to church," according to a story in the The Catholic Sun.

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"We always tell them that the priest sent us," Harkin told the paper. "Just as the apostles were sent, we never go in our own name."

She and two other sisters reside in a convent at Christ the King Parish in Mesa, the paper reported, a suburban city with a large LDS population.

But the nun spends at least 30 hours a week in nearby Phoenix, another Mormon stronghold, "to bring people into — or home to — the Catholic Church at St. Vincent de Paul Parish."

This is her third year of knocking, the paper said, and "she estimates she’s visited about 4,000 homes."

Unlike Mormon missionaries, however, Harkin aims only to bring back Catholics, not convert others to her faith.

Peggy Fletcher Stack



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