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Posted by Catholic Distance University on Mon, Dec 16, 2019 @ 05:49 PM

Therese Linden

Former Student Publishes Faith-based Novels

The more Theresa Linden studied the faith while taking CDU’s Catechetical Diploma courses in the early 2000s, the more she fell in love with it and wanted to share this treasure with others. Bringing various elements of the faith to life in her stories, she hopes to leave readers longing for more. Each story brings the Catholic faith to the challenges we face daily in today’s culture.

Theresa’s first supernatural thriller, Tortured Soul, was published in May. While most of her books are written for young adults, this story is geared toward adults. Set in upstate New York in modern times, it is inspired by the apparitions of souls in purgatory to modern-day mystic Eugenie von der Leyen (1867-1929, Germany). Linden says, “I wrote this story because I believe that few in our day pray for the souls in purgatory, some because they don’t believe in purgatory, others because they don’t think about it.” Theresa says that through her story, she hopes to remind people about these souls and to increase the awareness that we can help them with our prayers.

Theresa has 10 published novels available at


CDU Graduate Publishes Thesis

Graduate Dr. Araceli Carnazzo’s MA thesis, "The Mystery of Human Suffering as Revealed to Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska, OLM," has been accepted for serial publication in The Angels Magazine, which has an international audience. A book based on her thesis is also in publication.