Martina Purdy had it all and gave it all up for something better.
After 25 years in journalism and having one of the Northern Ireland television’s “most recognisable faces – and voices,” Martina Purdy has herself made the headlines.
Her departure from the BBC to enter a religious congregation was announced in an October 10 tweet she sent to her thousands of fans: “Hi, I’m leaving the BBC. Here’s my statement. God bless, Martina xx.”
With the tweet, she included a photo of the BBC announcement that quotes her statement and reads in part:
I ask for prayers as I embark on this path with all humility, faith and trust.
Head of News at BBC NI (Northern Ireland) described her as “one of BBC NI’s most talented and hardworking correspondents.” Purdy covered numerous political assignments, working on daily and weekly radio and TV news programs, documentaries, election specials, and online news, according to the BBC statement.
In her last years with the “Belfast Telegraph” before joining the BBC, Purdy covered the talks leading up to the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998 that ended decades of strife (and killings) in Northern Ireland between Catholic and Protestant paramilitary groups. Purdy covered the obstacles and achievements of the Northern Ireland Executive branch power-sharing agreement from 1998-2002 in a book entitled “Room 21, Stormont Behind Closed Doors.”
It’s not every day that we learn of men and women who
– after having reached impressive heights in their chosen field and enjoying the admiration, if not adulation, of fans – leave worldly success and fame behind. Although Martina Purdy has chosen not to speak about her reasons for “giving up” her career and her freedom to join a religious congregation, she describes the decision as one made with “love and great joy.” This comment is reminiscent of an
interview Mary Ann Marks – the 2010 Harvard valedictorian who soon after graduation joined the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist – gave to Kathryn Lopez, editor of "National Review Online":