Join me for an Afternoon or Evening of Reflection on my book Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary

I’ll be singing and selling books after each event.

To arrange for me to come to your church, book club or group (in person or virtually), email me at

— Upcoming Events —

Wed.,  Feb. 1st at 7 pm
St. Kathryn Church
Parish Hall
4 Dracut Rd., Hudson, NH
No RSVP required.
Sat., Feb. 4th at 8 am
St. Marie Church Basement
378 Notre Dame Ave
Manchester, NH
No RSVP required.
Mon., Feb. 13th at 7 pm
Saints Marie & Joseph Parish
St. Julie Hall
40 Main Street
Salem, NH
No RSVP required.
Sat., March 4th at 9 am
Corpus Christi Parish
Parish Center Upper Hall
845 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth, NH
RSVP to Kathy Kelliher at
or at 603-436-4555 ext. 113
Wed., March 8th at 6:30 pm
St. Theresa's Church
Parish Hall
466 Boston Rd.
Billerica, MA

— St. Anne’s Church, Hampstead, NH —

— Blessed Sacrament Church, Manchester, NH —

For anyone who thrives on discernment in the spiritual life, Claire McGarry’s presentation is a must attend. She uses the biblical story of Mary and Martha in the New Testament, contrasting their approaches to holiness which include strengths and growing edges. A wonderful reflection for the different seasons of the Church’s calendar.

Father John Bucchino, Pastor – Blessed Sacrament Parish, Manchester, NH

— St. Matthew Church, Plymouth, NH —

— Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Concord, NH —

Anyone who is preoccupied, distracted, anxious, worried, or upset – and seeking the path to inner peace and joy in their life – this talk is for you!  Claire’s reflections on the story of Martha and Mary are insightful and provide practical advice for integrating and balancing the contemplative and active dimensions of life.”

Father Raymond Ball, Pastor – Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Concord, NH

— American University Women for Life, Needham, MA —

What a beautiful ‘gift’ Claire has! Everyone was drawn in by her words, which were so meaningful and will remain with us daily as we all go about being Marthas and Marys, sometimes in the same hour, never mind the same day.”

Mary Elizabeth DeWinter, President – American University Women for Life, Needham, MA

— St. Mark’s Church, Londonderry, NH —

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Book Group – Londonderry, NH

— St. Joseph’s Church, Wakefield, MA —

I believe this topic is very important, especially now. There are so many people living in stress and not processing their emotions. Claire’s presentation was well received and helpful for many.

Fr. Ron Barker, Pastor – St. Joseph Parish, Wakefield, MA

— St. Michael’s Church, Exeter, NH —

— St. Christopher’s Church, Nashua, NH —

“Claire did a wonderful job in leading us into the mystery of God’s Word and giving us practical ways to apply it to our daily lives. Her clear and personal approach made the content engaging and understandable. Thank you for visiting our parish and sharing such a grace-filled message.

Fr. David Harris, Pastor – St. Christopher Church, Nashua, NH

— St. Kathryn’s Church, Hudson, NH —

Windham Presbyterian Church Virtual Book Discussion Group, Windham, NH

It was such a joy talking with Claire and hearing the process she used in writing Grace in Tension.  We are all so excited to read the book, to learn more about the GIFT system and then to reconnect with Claire to share our thoughts!  Thank you for writing this book!

Mary Beth Goodall, Virtual Book Discussion Group Coordinator – Windham Presbyterian Church, Windham, NH

— St. Patrick’s Church, Pelham, NH —

Claire did a beautiful job highlighting the usual tensions we experience in life and showing us how they are GIFT — leading us deeper into the heart of the Father. Everyone loved the presentation, and it gave us a chance to slow down in this high-paced world.

Rev. Von DeRosia, Pastor – St. Patrick Church, Pelham, NH

— God’s Girls Christian Store Book Signing, North Hampton, NH —

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Meredith, NH

St. Veronica Parish, Burlington, MA

It was a joy to welcome back Claire McGarry to her childhood parish. Her words were very well received and many left with a new awareness of God’s incredible ‘Grace in Tension.

Rev. James Mahoney, Pastor – St. Veronica Parish, Burlington, MA

St. Lucy’s Church, Methuen, MA

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Derry NH

Thank you again for coming and presenting to our parish — everyone loved it!! You really blessed our community.

Fr. Joseph Powell, OFM, Pastor – St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Derry, NH

St. Matthew’s Church, Windham NH

Grace in Tension’ is a thoughtful reflection on the practical human and spiritual dimensions of faith through the lens of Martha and Mary and how their own experience of friendship with the Lord Jesus can help us find divine grace and peace in the midst of everyday tension and stress.

Rev. Msgr. Anthony R. Frontiero, S.T.D., Pastor – St. Matthew Parish, Windham, NH

St. Matthew’s Book Club – Windham, NH

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