|Martina Purdy bids the BBC goodbye on Oct. 10.|
One of Northern Ireland's most respected political journalists, Martina Purdy, announced she was leaving her career of almost 25 years to enter a religious congregation. In a statement, she said: "This is a very personal decision. I ask that the media respect my privacy and that of the religious congregation which I am entering, as I face up to the new challenges of my life. I will not be making any further public comment about this matter."
However, she was recently spotted on her way to mass with a group of religious from Adoration Convent of the Falls Road in Belfast, and she also took to Twitter to thank the public for their support.
In June, VISION posted on Facebook a report from the National Catholic Register that a famous Spanish model, Olalla Oliveros, also left her career to enter religious life.