NCR board member Sr. Helen Garvey started her ministry in education, was elected to leadership and coordinated the exhibition, "Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America."
Conversations with Sr. Camille
Conversations with Sr. Camille is a long-standing feature of National Catholic Reporter. Every other week, she interviews members of the Catholic Church and how their faith has affected them.
With the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, former journalist lives out passion for justice in a global network.
The youngest of eight children, Diane DeBernardo was at World Youth Day in Poland this year. Her travels often intersect with her faith.
Sr. Mary Mundy has been a pastoral associate for 23 years of her 52 years in religious life and says she cries every time she leaves a ministry because "friends are precious."
Sr. Alicia Zapata is continually reminded by the farmworkers she serves that the goal is what matters
Mercy Sr. Alicia Zapata was inspired by working in Panama as a young woman religious and later moved to Florida to serve migrant farmworkers there.
Kathy Schiro, director of Mercy Associates for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Mid-Atlantic Community, explains how laypersons can be part of religious life. Associates are women and men who are committed to another state of life also made known their desire to share various aspects of Mercy life and ministry, organized according to guidelines and policies developed by the community.
Conversations with Sr. Camille - David Hammer, 56,is an inmate serving a life sentence without parole. He talks about his conversion to Catholicism, choices and giving back.
St. Joseph Sr. Stella Auricchio, 84, is Sr. Camille D'Arienzo's cousin who spent many years as high school campus minister. She now volunteers in St. Francis Xavier Elementary School and offers communion services for parishioners.
Patrick Morgan, 57, serves as an ESL teacher at the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Dorothy Bennett Mercy Center, which empowers families to overcome negative influences that impact their well-being and self-sufficiency.
Conversations with Sr. Camille - Linda Livornese Wilkie is vice president of What About the Children Inc., Catholic Charities volunteer. "Volunteering just makes me feel good. Knowing that I'm making a difference in someone's life is all the satisfaction that I could ask for."
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