Tag Archives: Empowerment

Confronting Conflict with Community

Mary’s Pence Funds Women’s Empowerment in Central Ohio’s Somali Community by Javan Williams, Mary’s Pence Volunteer It all started during the summer of 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. The Women of Capital Park apartment community had enough of the violence. But … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration from Isabel

by Pat Rogucki, Board Member Isabel Calderón taught me what it means to live life unafraid and with a deep sense of determination. During the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s Isabel survived bombs that rained down on … Continue reading

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Share Your Wisdom and Shape the Future of ESPERA!

Six years ago, with the support of our donors, we launched a unique and successful community lending program. As you know, since then we’ve grown to 9 women’s groups in 6 countries, with over 700 women participating. We’re excited about … Continue reading

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“The Sun” Magazine Features Former Mary’s Pence Board Member, Sr. Louise Akers and Her Views on Female Empowerment

A recent article in the November 2013 edition of The Sun, spotlights Sr. Louise Akers, of the Sisters of Charity and a former board member of Mary’s Pence (1997-1999). Sr. Louise has most recently made headlines for being “silenced” by … Continue reading

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What’s the Big Deal About “Autonomy” – My Notes from the Encuentro: Part 2

This is Part 2 of my posts about my experience at the Mary’s Pence ESPERA Gathering (“Encuentro”) earlier this year. Click here to read Part 1. On the second day of the Encuentro, we were ready to delve into the … Continue reading

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Sister Maureen and the “Visión Grande” – My Notes from the Encuentro: Part 1

Mary’s Pence’s fiscal year ends on June 30th. As the Mary’s Pence Development Liaison, this is the closest my job comes to finished momentarily — “finished” being a VERY relative term.  It seems like a fitting time to take a … Continue reading

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Simone Campbell at DNC: ‘I am my Sister’s Keeper’

“Yes, we have nuns on a bus and a nun on the podium,” Sr. Simone Campbell, director of Network, shouted to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., according to the Wall Street Journal. Nuns … Continue reading

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Mary’s Pence: An Idea and You Gave it Life

As two women sat in a prayer service, both laughed as they joked about the idea of a “Mary’s Pence.” That service was 25 years ago and those two women were Sr. Maureen Gallagher, OP, and Hon. Sheila Murphy. Through vision, hard work … Continue reading

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Honoring the Hidden Saints

Beginning in August, we will post our Calendar of Women on a monthly basis. These are the inspiring women we are honoring in August: Aug. 1: Linda Chavez-Thompson, political activist Aug. 2: Our Lady of the Angels, Costa Rica Aug. … Continue reading

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Notes from Nicaragua: Kitty Madden Remembers

The following post is from former Mary’s Pence board member, Kitty Madden, of Casa Materna – Mary Ann Jackman in Nicaragua: It was my friend Cindy Starr who first introduced me to the wonderful work of Mary’s Pence in 2001. … Continue reading

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