Marilyn Fedewa

Marilyn Fedewa Served for over 15 years in higher education administration and university advancement, including at Pepperdine University (L.A. and Malibu, California), Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), and finally as advancement vice president of Olivet College (Olivet, MI). Then, striking out on her own, she developed Cambridge Connections, offering communications and public relations services to educational groups.

In an unusual twist of events in 1997, Fedewa discovered a set of books that had languished in the family library since 1952. It was 17th century mystic Sor Maria of Agreda’s signature work, titled Mystical City of God. Learning that the little-known Agreda mystic had been praised by RadioTelevisionEspanole (RTVE) as one of the nine most influential women in Spanish history, Fedewa was intrigued. The next year, when she and her late husband visited Biarritz in France on a special holiday, she learned that Sor Maria’s birthplace of Agreda was only 90 miles away – albeit via a challenging drive through the Pyrenees Mountains.

They made the drive, of course, and after interviewing the present-day nuns at Sor Maria’s convent for the better part of a week, Fedewa had a new mission – to research the extraordinary legacy of this inspiring woman, while still servicing her clients. Her first book about Sor Maria came out in 2009 and was hailed as the definitive biography on the mystic in English. In her latest book, Fedewa produced a more popular read on Sor Maria of Agreda, “for young adults of all ages.” In it, she focuses more on the mystic’s fascinating legacy in the American Southwest, and the Vatican’s attention to her in the last decade.  

Fedewa has a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Political Science, plus graduate hours in Education.  She taught junior high English in Rochester (New York) prior to her stint in higher education administration and development. Her books, starting with the most recent, include:

DARK EYES, LADY BLUE: Maria of Agreda (Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press, 2020). Offered in softcover 2020, Kindle/ebook 2021.

MARIA of AGREDA: Mystical Lady in Blue (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press: 2009). Offered in hardcover (sold out), softcover, Kindle/ebook, and audio book.

MAN in MOTION: Michigan’s Legendary Senate Majority Leader, Emil Lockwood co-authored with S. C. Fedewa (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 2003). Offered in hardcover and softcover. 

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