A sister’s courage honored
SISTER ORLA Treacy, I.B.V.M., a Loreto sister from Ireland, received an
International Women of Cour-
age Award from the U.S. State
Department in March 2019 for
her efforts to educate girls in
the diocese of Rumbek, South
Sudan. Treacy and her communi-
ty established a girls’ secondary
boarding school there in 2008
and in 2010 opened a co-ed
South Sudan has been damaged by recent civil wars, and is
one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.
The female literacy rate in South
Sudan is just 16 percent, according to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and arranged
marriage with brides under age
18 is common.
The Loreto schools founded
by Treacy graduate approximate-
ly 200 young women each year.
SISTER ORLA TREACY, I.B.V. M. receives
the International Women of Courage
Award from Melania Trump as Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo looks on.
POPE FRANCIS has called for an Oc- tober 6-27, 2019 Synod of Bishops on
environmental concerns in the Amazon
region in South America. As with past synods, religious orders will play an important
role in planning and conducting the gathering. Sister María Irene Lopes Dos Santos,
S.C.M.S. T.B.G. is among the members of the
planning council. Dos Santos is a member
of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St.
Therese of the Child Jesus and delegate of
the Confederation of Latin American Religious. Father Peter Hughes, S.S.C.,
a Columban Missionary, is an advisor to the planning council.
Other religious who work directly with people in the multinational
Amazon area are expected to weigh in on the human impact of ecological
concerns in the Amazon region. It is the world’s largest rainforest, and home
to earth’s most dense biodiversity as well as to many indigenous people.
However, native people, animals, and plants have been encroached upon
for centuries. The synod’s theme will be: “Amazonia: new pathways for the
Church and for an integral ecology.”
A SACRED CONCERN
RON PR YZSUCHA / U.S. S TATE DEPARTMENT
LOGO of the Amazon synod.
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