Aimee O’Connell is the founder of the Mission of Saint Thorlak.
Aimee brings many perspectives to her writing: she is a Third Order Carmelite, a certified school psychologist, a wife and mother of three, and a person herself who has autism.
She has worked in school and day treatment settings as a therapist, psychologist, advocate and consultant, and has authored several articles on autism and spirituality. She is the author of the 2018 biography Thorlak of Iceland as well as the Novena in Honor of Saint Thorlak.
Aimee currently devotes her days to the continuous discoveries and adventures of homeschooling with her children, and is privileged to meet so many inspiring people through the reach of this apostolate.
About the book Thorlak of Iceland
Iceland’s history is preserved in the stories of its celebrated figures. From Viking explorers to Saga-heroes, the voices which define the Icelandic people are well-known to every generation. But one man in Iceland’s past had difficulty finding the words to form his voice, and struggled his entire lifetime to be known for who he really was: Thorlák Thórhallsson, declared the patron saint of the Icelandic people in 1198 and canonized officially by Pope John Paul II in 1984. Despite these honors, few people know Thorlák’s story: a child prodigy treated as an adult by those around him, a sorrowful boy from a broken home, a scholar of the emerging theology of Divine Mercy, an innovator in pastoral leadership, and a man who saw in every person the fundamental need to love and be loved. Thorlák of Iceland is our opportunity at last to know and celebrate this quiet hero whose example embodies the spiritual heart of Iceland even to the present day.