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Book Signing with Kathy Martin O’Neil

Gal’s Guide is pleased to welcome Kathy Martin O’Neil for a book signing of Madre: The Nun Who Was Mother to the Orphans of Honduras.


April 30, 2022

2pm – 4pm

Gal’s Guide Library

107 S. 8th Street


Second Floor of the Nickel Plate Arts Campus

A small percentage will go to Gal’s Guide Library & Nickel Plate Arts.

About the Book

In Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, in 1966, a short, plump, middle-aged Catholic nun was hot on the heels of the richest man in the country. Sister María Rosa Leggol, a hospital nurse with a fifth-grade education, had no money, no social standing, no clout. What she did have was the audacity to ask big favors of powerful men and the unwavering conviction that her dream—to rescue, house, and educate street children—was sanctioned by God.

She also had the gall to think she could stop the man’s airplane from taking off.

The help she received that day triggered a dramatic chain of events resulting in the rescue and education of tens of thousands of destitute children in the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Through her network of children’s villages, schools, farms, clinics, vocational training centers, and microbusinesses, this indomitable nun empowered poor Hondurans to live, grow, and work with dignity. Madre is a celebration of a fearless woman’s great goodness, charisma, and chutzpah in challenging corruption and machismo to break generational cycles of poverty.

About the Author

Kathy Martin O’Neil is a writer, mission trip leader, and the author of two books about Sister María Rosa Leggol of Honduras: Madre: The Nun Who Was Mother to the Orphans of Honduras (Cornelia Avenue Press, 2022) and the upcoming Always Room For One More: Wit and Wisdom from the Mother Teresa of Honduras (Cornelia Avenue Press, 2022). She is the former managing editor of Outside Magazine and Rand McNally’s editorial book division, with degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Her 30 trips to Honduras and counting have given her insight into the culture of migration and the hope that arises from the dignity of work and education. Visit her website for additional thoughts about Honduras and short-term mission travel at

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