The Magazine of Marquette University | Summer 2006

 

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Woman at the Vatican

Marjorie Weeke’s desire to see the world took her to the Vatican, where she facilitated media coverage during the papacies of Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II.

By Joni Moths Mueller

Activity really churned up when Pope John Paul II was elected. “He rolled up his sleeves and never stopped. He was so young and energetic, we were running after him all of the time,” she says. Not only did the young pope change the news the Vatican had to share — with initiatives such as World Youth Day — but advancing technology sped the media’s ability to cover the Holy Father. And the media, Weeke says, couldn’t get enough of John Paul II.

Weeke, Jour ’54, was one of the first women professionals on the Vatican staff. She vividly recalls the Swiss Guard stopping her at the gate every morning and asking to see her ID. Sometimes, old habits die hard. Still, she loved the work and the service she was able to do for the church.

Now retired, Weeke finds her insights are still valued. She recently completed work on a picture book about Pope John Paul II and is active as an adviser on a television series being produced on the first year of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.

Official World Youth Day Web Site
The Vatican: "The Holy See" Web Site
Pope John Paul II Memorial Web Site

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