Mary V.T. Cattan, Class of 1989, has authored Pilgrimage of Awakening: The Extraordinary Lives of Murray and Mary Rogers. Pilgrimage of Awakening is the first biography of the Rogers. Arriving in India after World War II afire with religious zeal, the Rev. Murray Rogers and his wife, Mary, are rocked by the collision of Eastern and Western values. The handsome young couple from England’s upper crust, raised with nannies and educated at finishing schools and Cambridge, uproot their children to live a life in solidarity with India’s poorest.
They seize the challenge of life in Gandhi’s Sevagram, then found their own small Christian ashram. Interacting with spiritual leaders on the religious world stage, the magnetic young Anglican priest becomes a pioneer in interfaith dialogue. The book traces the couple’s life pilgrimage across boundaries of culture and faith, a spiritual pilgrimage that sparks both controversy and awakening in countless others.
Cattan is a marriage and family therapist and a spiritual director. She holds an M.A. in Spiritual Direction from The General Theological Seminary and a D.Min. in Psychology and Pastoral Theology from Andover Newton. She served on the faculty of the Blanton Peale Institute, where she taught and supervised residents; she serves at Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut, as a pastoral psychotherapist. Her passion for interreligious understanding and spiritual healing has led her around the world, including multiple working trips to Sri Lanka.