South Dakota-born author to speak in Vermillion Jan. 15 South Dakota-born author Mary Therese Jennings of Atlanta, GA, will talk about her new book The Fire of Christmas Love Thunders Across the Sky at the St. Agnes Auditorium in Vermillion on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 12:30 p.m.
Jennings will tell the story of how she was spiritually tested by the life and death of three of her children who died from Cystic Fibrosis.
Looking back over a full life, which is chronicled in The Fire of Christmas Love Thunders Across the Sky, Jennings reflects on how the gift of these children brought her into a more intimate relationship with and love for Jesus Christ, which she says she would not trade for anything.
The mother of nine children, she was born and grew up on a farm just south of Beresford. She, her parents, Lew and Katherine Kribell and her eight brothers and sisters attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Emmett and Rainy Vale country school. Jennings and her five sisters, including Lucille Kribell O'Connor of Vermillion, attended Mount Marty High School in Yankton.
Seeing her parents deal with the loss of her five-year-old brother and speak of him always as part of the Communion of Saints helped her later to accept the lives and loss of three of her children. Her story is one of following the Lord throughout her life, experiencing and embracing the spiritual lessons of the cross and proclaiming the joy that comes with sturdy faith.
Always active in her church and in serving others, Jennings and her family members worked to help the Sisters of Charity set up a hospital in Atlanta to serve AIDS patients. She recalls the incredible opportunity to open her Atlanta home to Mother Theresa and her Sisters.
The event is free and open to the public.