Mary Higgins Clark On Leading the St. Patrick’s Parade


“I was blessed in my marriage to Warren Clark at the beginning of my adult years and now I am blessed in my marriage to John Conheeney in my golden years.  Having a prince in the beginning and a prince at the end is pretty wonderful,” she says.

Family is everything to her.  “ I have five children and six grandchildren. John has four children and eleven grandchildren.  We see the children and grandchildren all the time. Most of them live within a few miles, none more than forty-five minutes away. But on the big holidays, we’re all collected in our home in Saddle River, New Jersey, along with nieces and nephews. We doubled the size of the kitchen/family room so we can set tables for forty with room to spare.”

And this St. Patrick’s Day, she will especially be thinking of her parents and what her Irish heritage means to her. In a freshly updated epilogue to Kitchen Privileges, she writes: “I cannot close without saying how much my Catholic faith has been the raison d’etre of my existence, the core of all that I am. I have tried to live its precepts fully and to always remember that much is expected of those to whom much has been given.

HAPPY ST.  PATRICK’S DAY to one and all.”