She Played an Unseen but Decisive Role in the Composition of the CCC

“The consecrated virgin Dagny Kjaergaard is one of those figures whose influence over the Church is hidden but pervasive. Now that she has departed this life, this fact is sure to be recognized more and more.

The precise authorship of each part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a closely guarded secret and Dr. Kjaergaard honored that to her grave. This did not, however, prevent a degree of detective work on the part of her friends and colleagues and students which revealed the decisive and extensive role she played in this monument of John Paul II’s pontificate.” Thus states Alan Fimister in his blog for the National Catholic Register.

Alan Fimister, Ph.D, is an assistant professor of theology and Church history at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. He came to know Dr. Dagny Kjaergaard at the ITI, where he was her student. In her honor and in the name of their friendship he shared this remembrance of her: