Knight of Columbus Museum: Past Exhibits

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a Catholic wife and mother of five, a Catechist, speaker, and an internationally known best-selling author of many books and an award-winning journalist. Donna-Marie knew Blessed Mother Teresa for nearly a decade, became a lay Missionary of Charity, and founded a branch of the lay Missionaries of Charity. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta has written Donna-Marie over twenty letters, endorsed her work, and wrote the foreword to her book Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine Month Novena for Mothers to Be.

Donna-Marie has received awards for her work and the prestigious honor of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic blessings on her books and work. She has also received Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic blessings, commendations from bishops, as well as letters of commendation from Catholic clergy and the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Cardinal Pironio (in 1988). In 2008, The Pontifical Council for the Laity invited Donna-Marie to become a delegate of North America to participate in an International Women’s Congress at the Vatican in Rome to study Mulieris Dignitatem: On the Dignity and Vocation of Women which included an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

In response to Jesus’ call to take care of the poor, Donna-Marie founded “Friends of Veronica” an outreach to seniors and the lonely. She also founded “Marian Mothers.”

Donna-Marie is a TV host on EWTN for her series “Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms.” She is a frequent guest on national and international Catholic radio including the “Vatican Insider” and has been profiled many television shows including Faith and Culture on EWTN, and on EWTN’s Bookmark with Doug Keck, and “Crossroads Magazine” show.

Donna-Marie's most recent books are: Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship and A Catholic Woman's Book of Prayers. In addition to her books, Donna-Marie’s writing can be found in many Catholic magazines, newspapers, in several columns on the Internet, as well as on her website and blogs. Donna-Marie can be reached through her website ( to schedule, talks, retreats, and events.