Meet Claire Ashman
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Meet Claire Ashman

Date & time
Wed 15 Jan 2020
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Add to Calendar 2020-01-15 18:00 2020-01-15 19:00 Australia/Brisbane Meet Claire Ashman Growing up in the southern Australian countryside in Lal Lal, Claire Ashman was aware there was something different about her strict Catholic upbringing. Largely isolated from the outside world, Claire and her siblings were raised by parents who rejected the post-Vatican II attempt to modernise the Catholic Church by following the Tridentine teachings of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). As a result, Claire and her siblings spent their days alternating between caring for the land and the animals they owned and praying, studying the Bible and preparing for the End of Times. At 18, Claire married a man 12 years her senior with whom she would have nine children, and who would move the family to a doomsday cult (the Order of St Charbel) in Nowra. After years of scraping by on next to nothing and living in fear of the next End of Times prediction, Claire was torn between being a good Catholic and wanting out of the cult. When an unexpected visit from the police gave her an opportunity to finally escape, Claire took it and never turned back. Join Claire Ashman as she discussed her fascinating life and the writing of her book <em>Lessons from a Cult Survivor</em>.&nbsp; Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Claire to sign. To reserve your place, <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/meet-claire-ashman-bracken-ridge-library-tickets-79482035909?aff=ebdssbdestsearch" target="_blank">visit Eventbrite</a> or phone the library. Bracken Ridge Library, 77 Bracken Street, Bracken Ridge
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Age

Young adults, Adults, Seniors

Cost

Free

Growing up in the southern Australian countryside in Lal Lal, Claire Ashman was aware there was something different about her strict Catholic upbringing. Largely isolated from the outside world, Claire and her siblings were raised by parents who rejected the post-Vatican II attempt to modernise the Catholic Church by following the Tridentine teachings of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). As a result, Claire and her siblings spent their days alternating between caring for the land and the animals they owned and praying, studying the Bible and preparing for the End of Times.

At 18, Claire married a man 12 years her senior with whom she would have nine children, and who would move the family to a doomsday cult (the Order of St Charbel) in Nowra. After years of scraping by on next to nothing and living in fear of the next End of Times prediction, Claire was torn between being a good Catholic and wanting out of the cult. When an unexpected visit from the police gave her an opportunity to finally escape, Claire took it and never turned back.

Join Claire Ashman as she discussed her fascinating life and the writing of her book Lessons from a Cult Survivor

Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Claire to sign.

To reserve your place, visit Eventbrite or phone the library.

Bookings

Bookings required. Phone Bracken Ridge Library on 07 3667 6060 to reserve your place.

Venue

Bracken Ridge Library, 77 Bracken Street, Bracken Ridge

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