A heartfelt, brave and inspiring memoir about the power of speaking out.
A brave nun. Her twin brother. The secrets and lies that would tear them apart.
There is a special bond that twins share, an ethereal connection that can’t be put into words. Margaret Harrod shared that unique bond with her twin brother Michael. As children they were inseparable and at age 22, together they gave their lives to the Catholic Church. Margaret became a nun and Michael a Salesian priest – it was the proudest day of their deeply religious parents' lives.
Margaret cherishes those carefree childhood memories because the brother she adored is now in jail. Father Michael Aulsebrook pleaded guilty to multiple charges of molesting children, some as young as seven. And the unlikely whistleblower was his courageous twin sister.
It cost Margaret everything, but she couldn’t stay silent any longer about the damage her brother was wreaking in his community. Margaret knows of that damage firsthand, having had that trust betrayed herself.
Blood on the Rosary is Margaret's story – how she sacrificed everything she held dear in the pursuit of the truth, and how she bravely fought her church and her community to bring paedophile priests to justice.
'Margaret Harrod's compelling life experience is a truth we all need to understand.' Chrissie Foster, author of Hell on the Way to Heaven
Blood on the Rosary
This is an amazing, absorbing and frightening story, well worth reading. Most readers will know beforehand that the book is about sexual and psychological abuse of children within the Catholic Church, and about the determination of the Church to defend its institution at the cost of ruining countless children’s lives. The story is in the first person, in Margaret Harrod’s voice, which is warm, kind and deeply sincere.
My one quarrel with this book is its extremely poor editing which has led me to giving it only four stars. It contains countless punctuation, grammatical and idiomatic errors. It is difficult to believe that an editor actually studied its pages prior to publication by Simon & Schuster.
Sad but heartfelt
Reading this brought back memories of when I was a nun and the things I witnessed to in a religious order of the Catholic Church. To this day I still believe there are so many more victims who unfortunately have not had their voice heard either. I pray these people find true peace and get justice.
A story of unimaginable pain due to years of abuse by people who were meant to love and protect.
An amazingly strong woman who has endured more than any person ever should.