Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Following Faith
Peggy Fletcher Stack
Peggy Fletcher Stack has been producing stories for The Salt Lake Tribune's award-winning Faith section for nearly two decades. Writing about contemporary faith, rituals, and spirituality as well as religion's conflicts and cohesion has always been Stack's passion. Follow her at facebook.com/peggy.fletcherstack, Twitter @religiongal

» Peggy Fletcher Stack E-mail

» Subscribe (RSS)

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.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"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

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.