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Thousands of women gave up everything to follow Mother Teresa, joining her storied Catholic order, the Missionaries of Charity. But some found that life inside this fiercely private religious order was not what they’d imagined. Former sisters who worked closely with Mother Teresa describe her bold vision and devotion to charity and prayer. But they also share stories of suffering and forbidden love, abuse and betrayal. If you make a lifelong vow, what does it mean to break it? What is the line between devotion and brainwashing? Can you truly give yourself to God?

The Turning: The Sisters Who Left iHeartRadio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

Thousands of women gave up everything to follow Mother Teresa, joining her storied Catholic order, the Missionaries of Charity. But some found that life inside this fiercely private religious order was not what they’d imagined. Former sisters who worked closely with Mother Teresa describe her bold vision and devotion to charity and prayer. But they also share stories of suffering and forbidden love, abuse and betrayal. If you make a lifelong vow, what does it mean to break it? What is the line between devotion and brainwashing? Can you truly give yourself to God?

    Out There

    Out There

    PART TEN - “I couldn’t come to any clarity unless I took off the habit and was seen.”

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    This series was inspired by Mary Johnson’s memoir, “An Unquenchable Thirst.” Find it HERE - https://amzn.to/3whsTeO

    TRANSCRIPT - https://www.rococopunch.com/transcripts
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    • 51 min
    Highway of Broken Glass

    Highway of Broken Glass

    PART NINE - Is this a cult?  How do you leave?

    For additional content and information, follow the show on Instagram @RococoPunch
    This series was inspired by Mary Johnson’s memoir, “An Unquenchable Thirst.” Find it HERE - https://amzn.to/3whsTeO

    TRANSCRIPT - https://www.rococopunch.com/transcripts
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    • 52 min
    Saint of Darkness

    Saint of Darkness

    PART EIGHT - "She used to tell us, ‘If ever I will be a saint, I will be the saint of darkness.’ ... And we didn't know what she meant."

    For additional content and information, follow the show on Instagram @RococoPunch
    This series was inspired by Mary Johnson’s memoir, “An Unquenchable Thirst.” Find it HERE - https://amzn.to/3whsTeO

    TRANSCRIPT - https://www.rococopunch.com/transcripts
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    • 51 min
    Silence

    Silence

    PART SEVEN - This episode contains descriptions of alleged sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised.

    We meet two former sisters who say they wanted more than anything to be part of the Missionaries of Charity. Along the road to taking their first vows, they allege their mistresses took advantage of the vow of obedience. They claim they were sexually abused by the women tasked with guiding them through the early days of their religious vocation — one in 1987 and the other in 2014.
    This episode was produced in partnership with Type Investigations.

    For additional content and information, follow the show on Instagram @RococoPunch
    This series was inspired by Mary Johnson’s memoir, “An Unquenchable Thirst.” Find it HERE - https://amzn.to/3whsTeO

    TRANSCRIPT - https://www.rococopunch.com/transcripts
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    • 58 min
    Bonus: Kelli

    Bonus: Kelli

    BONUS - You know Kelli Dunham from previous episodes. Kelli joined the Missionaries of Charity looking for a life that made sense. That’s not what she found. She had a painful exit from the MCs. 
    But there’s so much more to her story. We talked with Kelli about her life before the Missionaries of Charity and after. About her faith. About her comedy. But mostly about her complicated relationship with her mom.

    For additional content and information, follow the show on Instagram @RococoPunch
    This series was inspired by Mary Johnson’s memoir, “An Unquenchable Thirst.” Find it HERE - https://amzn.to/3whsTeO

    TRANSCRIPT - https://www.rococopunch.com/transcripts
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    • 41 min
    The Third Floor

    The Third Floor

    PART SIX - Siblings Joan and Sue both join the Missionaries of Charity, and they steal secret moments on the third floor — the only time they can be alone to talk. Like all MC sisters, they live by the vow of obedience. Their story shows how power works in the order: who has power, and what happens when you push back on it. Sue grapples with this from above, as a superior; Joan from below. 

    Content warning: This episode includes a mention of suicide. 
    If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can find a list of additional resources at SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.
    More support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/

    For additional content and information, follow the show on Instagram @RococoPunch
    This series was inspired by Mary Johnson’s memoir, “An Unquenchable Thirst.” Find it HERE - https://amzn.to/3whsTeO

    TRANSCRIPT - https://www.rococopunch.com/transcripts
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

JaneCB80 ,

To the brave women who shared their stories

Thank you so much for giving us into your previous lives and insight into a normally hidden world. It’s been absolutely fascinating listening. Fabulously put together and so well researched.

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