Rome, Italy, Jul 27, 2012 / 02:51 am
"Until two years ago, I was a really committed atheist and I really hated the Catholic Church," said poet Sally Read, as she explained how all that dramatically changed during nine months in 2010.
"The whole process took from March to December, and I was received into the Catholic Church at the Vatican in December, so it was a bit of a lightning flash," she told CNA on July 24.
A 41-year-old Englishwoman, Sally Read is regarded as a rising star within the world of poetry. Her publisher describes the former psychiatric nurse as "one of a new generation of younger poets shaping the future of British poetry."
She now lives in the Italian seaside town of Santa Marinella with her husband and their daughter. It was there that her conversion story began two years ago while she was writing an anthology based on her experiences with psychiatric patients.