A top journalist who set her heart on becoming a nun has found another vocation - working for St Patrick.
Former BBC NI political correspondent Martina Purdy has taken up a marketing role with the St Patrick Heritage Centre in Downpatrick.
Colleagues of the reporter attempted to stage an intervention when Ms Purdy confessed her intention to join the Church - but Martina and former high-profile lawyer Elaine Kelly left their jobs in 2014 to join the Sisters of the Adoration on the Falls Road in west Belfast.
It was not their choice to leave almost five years later when the Catholic authorities decided to close the convent because it had become "too small" to meet Church standards.
Under canon law, the convent could not be sustained as a result of the dramatically falling vocations across Ireland, and elsewhere.
But even though Ms Purdy was no longer 'Sister Martina', her harsh experience did not diminish her belief. "My faith has grown stronger," she said.
The former Belfast Telegraph and Irish News staff reporter, who wrote a book about the inner workings of the first Stormont Executive after the Good Friday Agreement, said she is not yet ready to give a full public account of the last few years.
But in a parish podcast with Fr John Murray, she added: "We didn't lose our faith or our hope.
"I feel like St Patrick is watching over us and showing us how we can continue to follow the call."
The St Patrick Centre has been closed for the last few months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but has begun to prepare to emerge from lockdown with an initiative to take advantage of the expected high levels of 'staycations' in late summer and autumn.
"This new period of holidaying at home will offer a chance to showcase what the area has to offer," a spokesman said.
"Martina will be marketing our initiatives and we will tie these into the forthcoming strategies of Tourism Northern Ireland and the local council."
In a formal review, the centre is now the lead of a five-star group of local attractions including Down County Museum, Down Cathedral, Downpatrick Railway Museum and Down Arts Centre.
And the creation of a Visit Downpatrick website is also being coordinated by the St Patrick Centre.
Ms Purdy said it was "deeply painful" when they were told they would not be allowed to take their final vows and her position as sister expired.
"I accept God's will in this matter in obedience and humility," she said at the time.
But recently she added that, over time, she found that losing their way of life in the convent - which they had described as "living the dream" - was in fact the training ground for the next chapter.
"We are in the hands of God and trust that God will get us through," she added.
"I learned to love God in a much deeper way in the convent than I could ever have done in my previous life. That's not wasted."