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Catherine Mich holds a master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Los Angeles, and is certified by William Bridges and Associates for guiding individuals and groups through major changes and successful transitions. For the past 15 years, she has served as a transitions mentor, educator, workshop facilitator and caring coach; she is passionately committed to guiding clients on transformative journeys to empowerment.

During the years 1963 to 1978, Mich was a member of the Immaculate Heart Community, a group of Catholic religious women who sought to follow the mandate of Vatican II to renew and revitalize the role of religious women in the Church. They encountered a battle royal with the local Cardinal of Los Angeles and the Vatican. Mich opens another window on the patriarchal challenges of this tumultuous time and place.

In this work, Mich has invited participation by four American women. Each prepared a chapter based on her own encounters with the challenging reality of patriarchy. Their experiences within the crucible of patriarchal relationships are unique, but women everywhere can relate to them.

Mich has published two other books. In 2007, Be the Artist of Your Own Life’s Work, and in 2010, From Employee to Entrepreneur, A Journey Worth Taking. Threads from each of these works are woven into Papa and Me! The Perils of Patriarchy. Mich lives in Sequim, Wash., amidst the beauties of the Olympic Mountains and the North Olympic Peninsula.