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date: 19 October 2019

Doherty, Catherine de Huecklocked

(15 August 1896–14 December 1985)
  • Kathleen L. Riley

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Doherty, Catherine de Hueck (15 August 1896–14 December 1985), Catholic social activist and author, was born Catherine Federovna Kolyschkine in Nizhni Novgorod (now Gorki), Russia, the daughter of Theodore Kolyschkine, a businessman and diplomat, and Emma Thomson. Catherine’s mother, immersed in the Russian Orthodox faith, taught her to “see the faith of Christ in the poor” while warning her that she was “born under the shadow on the Cross.” Born into Russian nobility, she was educated in a Catholic school in Alexandria, Egypt, from 1903 until 1906, when her father’s career in international business necessitated the relocation of his family. This early sojourn was a portent of things to come, for her wanderings around the world and her interest in Roman Catholicism led to a fervent desire to bridge the gap separating the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity....

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