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Keeping On: How I Came to Know Why I Was Born

Keeping On: How I Came to Know Why I Was Born

by Gemma Hoskins


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Fifty years ago, beloved teacher Sister Catherine Cesnik was the victim of a violent murder that still remains unsolved. "Who killed Sister Cathy?” is a question Sister Cathy’s students, colleagues, friends, family members, and community have been asking for years. One of those people is Gemma Hoskins, one of Sister Cathy’s former students who appeared on The Keepers, the 2017 Emmy-nominated Netflix docuseries that soon had the rest of the world asking that same question, too. Sister Cathy’s life and death have both deeply inspired and haunted Gemma in a number of ways, and she’s made it her life’s purpose to uncover what really happened on that November night in 1969. In Keeping On, Gemma takes readers on a journey of her life, from her childhood and her time as Sister Cathy’s student at Archbishop Keough High School through present day. She reflects upon the experiences that have shaped her, including her own experiences as a teacher, grassroots investigator, and fierce advocate for truth and justice. With candid prose and unyielding honesty, Gemma openly and honestly continues not only the global conversation about the truth behind Sister Cathy’s murder, but also reflects upon how Sister Cathy’s life profoundly touched those who knew and loved her.

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ISBN-13: 9781645433507
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 501,842
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gemma Staub Hoskins is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a product of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools system, attending Saint William of York parochial school and Archbishop Keough High School. A graduate of Towson State University, Hoskins was an elementary teacher for twenty-six years. Hoskins also holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and advanced certificates in Staff Development and Facilitative Leadership.

Gemma Hoskins was named the 1992 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Her career spans forty years, during which time she was also a teacher mentor and professional development specialist for Harford and Baltimore County Public Schools. She has taught adult learners and provided professional development for mentors and teachers throughout Maryland. She has written and developed curriculum and assessment at local and state levels. Hoskins’ career in education includes travel and presentations in New Zealand and Russia, as well as Alabama, Virginia, and Tennessee. Gemma Hoskins is published in the 1995 Edition of Educational Psychology by Dr. Robert Slavin, PhD.

Gemma was married to the late Ernest Joseph Hoskins, who died of cancer in 1989. She is featured as a grassroots investigator in the Netflix series The Keepers. Hoskins now resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her loyal dog, Teddy, where she paints, writes and continues to pursue justice for Sister Cathy Cesnik and Joyce Malecki, and survivors of clergy abuse around the globe. She can be heard weekly on the podcast Foul Play, where she and her cohost, Shane Waters, delve into unsolved crimes and the lives of individuals impacted by those acts.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Second Most Important Day 1

Part 1 Who Killed Sister Cathy?

Questions 7

The Keepers 19

Part 2 The Way I Was

Little Gemma 29

60 Pounds of Vulnerability 51

Control Freak 59

Mom and Me 69

Sister Cathy 75

How Dad Saved Me from Joseph Maskell 85

Tell the Teacher 91

Seeing I'm Not Seeing 107

As Much As Much Can Be 113

TOY 1992 129

Making Things Happen 139

Part 3 Keeping On

Social Studies 145

Surreal Tsunami 149

Empathy, Compassion, Revenge, and Lies 155

Boundaries 163

Alerts, Alarms, Away, Afraid 167

Tribal Dance 171

Who Killed Sister Cathy? (Reprise) 189

Epilogue: Miles to Go 197

Appendix 205

About the Author 237

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