Sr. Rose Pacatte speaks with Ryan White, award-winning documentary director of "The Keepers," and Gemma Hoskins, one of Sr. Catherine Cesnik's former students, who has been independently investigating the nun's murder.
Q & A
Based in Sydney, Marist Sr. Noelene Simmons lives in a "destination country," or the final stop for trafficked people — in Australia's case, trafficked people from Asia. Simmons is the president of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), which is among the many networks of sisters around the globe that combat human trafficking.
Sr. Cécile Renouard, a graduate of ESSEC, one of the best business schools in France, is both a professor and an actor for change in the economic field. Before joining the Religious of the Assumption, she traveled extensively all around the world. She holds a doctorate in political philosophy and now teaches at ESSEC and at Centre Sèvres, a Jesuit university in Paris. She also continues her research on ethics and economics, promoting a concept of ecologically and socially responsible and sustainable development in corporations around the world.
How does a girl growing up as a gymnast and cheerleader in northern California end up as a Benedictine nun who splits her time between a convent in Dinklage, Germany, and another in Connemara, Ireland?
Sr. Lorena Morales' life underwent a drastic change 20 years ago when she left the historically peaceful environment of her native Costa Rica for the violent setting of war-torn Sudan. For Morales, a member of the Comboni Missionary Sisters, it meant leaving the safety of a nation that abolished its army in 1948 after a five-week civil war, the last armed conflict the country was involved in. She has since shared the plight of Sudanese communities caught in fighting that for a total of four decades has battered the northeastern African nation.
"For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in women religious," says sociologist Christine Gervais. Since a sister baptized her, "it's literally been a lifelong interest that began the day I was born."
Sr. Ranjana Jose supported tribal women in India, guiding them to organize, stand up against exploitation by local moneylenders, and overcome poverty and superstition in their villages.
The work of Religious of Jesus and Mary Sr. Yudith Pereira has taken her from her native Madrid to an office in Rome and villages throughout South Sudan. As project manager of the initiative Solidarity with South Sudan, Pereira helps run the program that includes projects in education, health training and pastoral initiatives.
Sr. Colette Hamza, a Sister of St. Francis Xavier, lives close to Marseille, France, where a quarter of the population is Muslim. Sister Colette teaches religion to children at a school where the majority of students are Muslim. "Slowly, step by step, we contribute to a better understanding between Muslims and Christians."
Adrian Dominican Sr. Nancy Murray knows from decades of theater work that without great writing, a great performer is nothing. She also knows this from the experience of four of her brothers: Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, John Murray and Joel Murray.