Failure to Success: Edel Quinn, Frank Duff’s Greatest Gift to Africa

Catholic Herald, Fr, John S. Hogan: Edel Quinn’s life is a reminder that fruitfulness and authentic success often emerge from failure, from giving up one’s hopes and choices to God. Born in Cork in 1907, the daughter of a bank official and his wife, Edel’s early life was subject to constant change. Her education came to an abrupt end when she was 17. Her father, caught embezzling bank funds to feed a gambling habit, was now unemployable, and Edel became the breadwinner. She later wanted to become a Poor Clare, but a diagnosis of TB prevented that. Confined to a sanatorium in 1932, she remained cheerful; she saw that God had a different path for her. More here.