Thank a Nun Day, the Social Media Campaign to Say "Thanks" to Catholic Sisters Around the World

New York, NY, April 24, 2015 –(– On May 5, social media users everywhere are invited to join an unprecedented global movement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest called Thank A Nun Day.

Thank a Nun Day is an organized social media effort that invites participants of all ages from around the world to unite under the hashtag #ThankANun to share messages of gratitude to the Catholic nuns—past and present—who have made a difference in their lives.

Thank A Nun Day was inspired by the new spiritual memoir “Five Years In Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions” (Image, May 5, 2015) by John Schlimm. In his book, John recounts the heartwarming story of his five-year friendship with a Catholic nun, Sister Augustine, who even into her nineties helped him discover the true meaning and purpose of his life.

“For as long as I live, Sister Augustine will be one of the most extraordinary people I’ll ever know,” John said. “For me, she was a light in the darkness. A mentor. A friend. I know many others feel the same way about the special nuns who have passed through their lives as well.”

Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #ThankANun in sharing written messages and photos all day May 5 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as a way to say “Thank You” to the Catholic Sisters who have dedicated their lives to serving, encouraging and inspiring others.

“It’s so exciting to join my neighbors across the U.S. and the globe in this effort to pay tribute to the thousands of nuns who have shared their wisdom, humor and grace with us,” John added. “Each one of them is a glimpse of Heaven right here on earth!”

The effort to celebrate the service and contribution of Catholic nuns is being jointly sponsored by Image, the Catholic division of Penguin Random House, and John Schlimm, author of Five Years in Heaven.

There are several ways to participate in Thank A Nun Day:

· Join Thunderclap:

· Visit the landing page:

· The landing page also includes a fun Color A Nun activity for kids to share

· Start sharing now! Follow @ImageCatholic and @JohnSchlimm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest, and start sharing your pictures and stories about Catholic nuns who have inspired you!

· Be sure to use the hashtag #ThankANun

Media Availability:
John Schlimm is available for interviews about Thank A Nun Day. To set up an interview, request a review copy of “Five Years In Heaven”, or for more information, please contact publicist Katie Moore at 719-268-1936 or
Contact Information
Image Books/Penguin Random House
Katie Moore