Despite being almost 80 years of age, retired Derry teacher Vera McFadden remains a dedicated author and has just published the latest in a series of faith-based books - ‘It Is Good For Us To Be Here’.
79 year-old Vera, who was a popular columnist for the Derry Journal in the 1970s, has published a collection of reflections on the scriptures through Kolbe Press in Moville.
Vera taught at St. Patrick’s Primary School in Pennyburn until her retirement 20 years ago. A Secular Franciscan and Eucharistic minister, she has since explored the issue of faith through several enlightening publications.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ this week, Vera said: “This book emerged from articles I did in the Year of the Eucharist and I thought I could bring them all together.
“It’s different aspects of the scripture, like St Patrick, pilgrimages, the martyrs and the feasts. To me it’s an easy read - I’m not a theologian - but it’s true stories from the scripture that I think people will enjoy reading.”
In 1980’s ‘Island City’, Vera published a collection of her Derry Journal articles from the 1970s.
Her other works include ‘Inishowen’s Early Christian Story’, ‘Dunree’ and ‘Pilgrimage West’ as well as one about the city’s retreat centre, ‘Termonbacca’. Despite the march of the years, it seems Vera’s inspiration knows no bounds!
‘It Is Good For Us To Be Here’ costs £4.50, and on sale in shops in both Derry and Inishowen.