Martina Purdy: ‘My decision to become a nun was like makeover in reverse’

A high-profile BBC journalist who left her career to become a nun has described her transformation as a “makeover in reverse”.

Martina Purdy walking to Mass in Londonderry

Martina Purdy quit her job as political correspondent for BBC News NI last October to enter the religious life.

Speaking publicly about her decision for the first time, she said she had chosen a “simple, hidden life” doing “little things”.

“I help to bake the bread, I cook and I clean and I pray,” she said.

Ms Purdy, who spent more than 20 years in journalism, spoke about her Catholic faith and her dramatic life change during a service at St Eugene’s Cathedral in Londonderry on Monday night.

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