Stuff in the ‘Maria of Agreda’ Category

29 September, 2020


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. 

Visit Marilyn Fedewa’s website at 

11 August, 2020

DARK EYES, LADY BLUE, by Marilyn Fedewa

Dark Eyes, Lady Blue (Texas Tech University Press/May 2020) tells the story of Sister María of Ágreda’s remarkable life. María was born in Ágreda, Spain, in 1602, and vowed there as a nun at age seventeen. From birth to her death in 1665, she never left the small town. Yet her accomplishments had a lasting impact in Spain and as far away as the American Southwest, where she is celebrated to this day.

Although cloistered in Ágreda’s Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, María grew to be a renowned mystic, a widely read author, and an advisor to the King of Spain. She experienced religious ecstasy that inspired her visionary writings and―quite remarkably―communications with the Jumano Indians of what would later become the states of Texas and New Mexico. When Spanish missionaries met the Jumano Indians, their chief expressed a desire to be baptized because of the supernatural visits from the mystical “lady in blue.”

This fresh telling of María’s story is one that will appeal to readers young and old and provides an unforgettable perspective on early American exploration of Texas and New Mexico.

About the Author

Marilyn Fedewa’s journey with Maria of Agreda began when she read the mystic’s inspiring signature work, Mystical City of God. It proved to be a life-changing experience, one that spurred her to visit Sor Maria’s convent in Spain, and to research the abbess’s extraordinary life and work in earnest. Along the way, Marilyn has written many articles on Sor Maria for publication in the U.S. and in Spain, and co-authored Emil Lockwood’s biography with Stanley Christopher Fedewa. For updates on her adventures with Sor Maria, visit,

21 November, 2015


The first young adult account of the life of Maria of Agreda, the 17th Century Franciscan abbess, mystic spiritual writer, also known as Lady in blue and the Blue Nun, after the color of her order’s habit,known especially for writing a series of revelations about the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and reports of her bilocation between Spain and its new colonies in New Spain, now New Mexico and Texas. (Texas Tech University Press, World Rights, 2017)