Images of backyard shrines to the Blessed Virgin adorn the pages of many Catholic novelists. They are a place-setting device authors use to plant familiar images in the mind of the reader.
Lorraine Vaccari, who recently turned 100, has immense joy from the accomplishments of her five children, including two priests — Msgr. Peter and Msgr. Andrew Vaccari. But all the Vaccaris exude modesty. According to them, their successes come from hard work, discipline, and a profound devotion to God.