Claire Patterson has had a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary since before she could read, but until her trip to Medjugorje, she never realized how much a part of her life Mary really is. That pivotal trip, plus a pilgrimage to the Holy Land five years later, helped to shape this book. Claire is a retired school administrator and keeps busy with her granddaughter, Ella Claire, volunteer work, consulting jobs, writing and traveling. She lives with her husband, Calvin, in Cincinnati. Together they lead a rosary group and make presentations about Mary’s constant presence in their lives.