Alvare: Church history, contemporary leadership show value of women

Erika Kidd remembers when, still Protestant, she and her husband were curious about the University of Notre Dame’s famous Grotto, a shrine to Mary modeled after the place she appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 in Lourdes, France. Erika described watching a Catholic couple approach the shrine, kneel and pray, and she and her husband felt compelled to do the same. A wave of realization about the body’s role in worship washed over her.

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