Celebrating the Visibility, Vitality, and Voice of Catholic Sisters

April 25, 2023
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Healy Hall Riggs Library Map

Catholic sisters worldwide are compelling (if often largely invisible) forces for change. Nowhere is this more true than in Africa, where they serve in many sectors but with a laser focus on the most vulnerable in each society. A group of sisters from five African countries comprise the inaugural cohort of the Women in Faith Leadership Fellowship, which amplifies the visibility, vitality, and voice of Catholic sisters in responding to the complex challenges and opportunities faced by women religious leaders within their organizations and communities. 

As part of this experiential leadership program the cohort is spending two weeks at Georgetown University. In this conversation held in Georgetown's Riggs Library, several sisters highlighted the work they are doing in their countries and the obstacles and opportunities they see to enhancing their roles and impact. The panel was moderated by Sr. Jane Wakahiu, associate vice president, program operations and head of the Catholic Sisters initiative at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Thomas Banchoff, vice president for global engagement at Georgetown University, provided introductory remarks.

A reception followed. 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University have collaborated in the design and delivery of the Women in Faith Leadership Fellowship. Funding was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

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