Family, Faith & Fortitude is a collection of stories from four generations of the Iermano family. These beautiful recollections told by the grand-children and great grand-children of Caterina Oliva and Antonio Iermano recount how the family survived loss and hardship in Calabria, Italy, and travelled across the world for a new start in Australia. Generations of Caterina and Antonio’s family thrived in their new home, but never forgot the importance of family.
Three cousins named after Caterina—Cath Laria, Cath Zirilli and Kathy Schimizzi—set out to arrange a family reunion to celebrate what would have been the 125th birthday of their beloved grandmother. That joyful event took place on 7 December 2012 and was the catalyst for Family, Faith & Fortitude.
Juggling their work and family commitments to record the memories of their family, what emerged was a tribute to the determination and strength of three remarkable Italian-Australian women inspired by the legacy of a heroic woman who will never be forgotten.