By Mary Lea Carroll

May 2019

Hardcover | $19.95
ISBN 9781945551567
Ebook | $11.99
ISBN 9781945551574
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Preview Saint Everywhere: Saint Everywhere—Introduction

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Somehow Saints
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Traveling with—and learning from—the women saints

While visiting Siena, Italy, Mary Lea Carroll grew fascinated with the remarkable story of St. Catherine of Siena and made a resolution: Whenever she was lucky enough to travel, if a shrine dedicated to a female saint was nearby, she’d visit it and learn about her. What started as a hobby grew into a journey she never expected, one rich with challenges and cappuccinos, doubts and inspiration, glasses of wine with strangers and moments of transcendence. Over eight quests, Carroll takes readers along with her as she seeks to learn something from a few great women of history, while looking for ways to be a better citizen of the world.

Read Pasadena Now’s interview with Mary Lea Carroll about lady saints and glass ceilings.

Check out Mary Lea Carroll’s interview with KCET’s Val Zavala!

St. Everywhere also features line illustrations by Joe Rohde.

Praise for Saint Everywhere

A People Magazine Pick!

A SCIBA Award Finalist

Southern California Independent Bookseller Award Finalist

“[A] delightful piece of narrative nonfiction… Writing in an utterly unaffected tone and bringing a resonant universality to her musings, she invites readers to come along [with her]… Different religions notwithstanding, most readers will be all in for this journey—learning, enjoying, and pondering in equal measure.”

“Charming, funny, informative, moving and spiritually profound, this little book delights the soul.”
Michelle Huneven, author of Blame (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Jamesland, and Round Rock

Saint Everywhere is a gem of a book—delightful storytelling, factually fascinating, and spiritually uplifting. The right book for this moment in time when so many are on their own journey looking for the good in the everyday. I’m a fan of the lady saints, and now I’m a fan of Mary Lea Carroll. Saint Everywhere is a comfort and an inspiration.”
Lian Dolan, Satellite Sister and author of Elizabeth the First Wife, Helen of Pasadena, and You’re the Best

“What would it mean to live with the faith of a saint—either on a grand scale or in our own modest lives? With the effortless, heartfelt wit of Annie Lamott, Mary Lea Carroll whisks us along on a series of lively, serendipitous pilgrimages that leave us laughing, amazed, and ready to set off on our own miraculous adventures.”
Perdita Finn, co-author of The Way of the Rose: The Forgotten Earth Wisdom of the Rosary

“Faith is a journey, and as Mary Lea Carroll shows in her delightful, insightful book, that journey can be both external and internal all at once.”
Rick Hamlin, executive editor of Guideposts and author of Pray for Me

About the Author

photo by Dana Bouton

Mary Lea Carroll is a graduate of San Francisco State. Before raising children, she worked in travel, in the theater, and in Hollywood. While raising her children, she taught children’s creative writing and helped her husband in his motion-picture advertising business. A contributor to the book Hometown Pasadena, she is a storyteller and a lifelong resident of Pasadena, California. Learn more at

Illustrator Joe Rohde is executive designer and vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering.