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ASEC Sisters are pictured walking during a HESA Reflective Learning workshop in Uganda, 2022.

Coming and Going: Trusting God’s Path for Sisters

5 days ago: [Uganda] Working in a collaborative network of sisters from various congregations, countries and continents demonstrates the value of each individual's footprint on the organization.

Sr. Anthonia's educational journey took perseverance, strength and faith, which all paid off. Here she is on graduation day at VERITAS.

My Story at VERITAS: No Cross, No Crown

3 weeks ago: [Nigeria] In this piece, Rev. Sr. Anthonia Ebong, HHCJ, reflects on the strength and faith it took to persevere through challenges in life and education.

Students follow instruction during a 2018 visit to Infant Jesus Prep in Ghana.

It Takes a Village: Caring for the Kids

last month: [Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda] Taking care of kids takes a village - something ASEC Sisters understand well. It is not just tucking them in at night and making sure they are accounted for during the day, it is also making sure their future is taken care of as well.

After their Lenten Observance, Sr. Blessing and her Sisters visited the Pygmies and shared gifts with them.

Our Lenten Visit

last month: [Cameroon] "Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all’’ Gal 6:9 -10. From the Pope’s message.

Students learn how to make soap during Entrepreneurial Month at Our Lady's Nursery in Nigeria.

Educating Students to Lead Exceptional Lives in Nigeria

last month: [Nigeria] Our Lady's Nursery School in Nigeria recently hosted Entrepreneurial Month, an opportunity for students to be exposed to workshops and education that can sustain them in the future.

ASEC Sisters tour an organic farm in Uganda

Protecting the Planet: How ASEC Sisters have honored Mother Earth

2 months ago: [Kenya, Malawi, SouthSudan] “In 2010-2019 average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed.” - IPCC Report on climate change.

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Trauma Healing Webinar Teaches Coping Mechanisms Used in South Sudan

2 months ago: [SouthSudan, USA] Friends in Solidarity is a collaborative that supports women and men religious in Africa, especially in South Sudan, through educational initiatives and capacity building.

Photo by Emmanuel Ikwuegbu, Unsplash.com

A Few of the Many Times ASEC Sisters Fought for Education in Africa

3 months ago: [SouthSudan, Uganda] Everyday ASEC Sisters are fighting hard for education in Africa through their congregations and mission work.

In Nigeria, Sr. Virgilia helps train refugees in income-generating skills

Brave Change: Transforming Communities Takes Courage

4 months ago: [Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Zambia] We spend a lot of time explaining the changes that come about when ASEC Sisters transform their communities using education, but there’s a specific aspect that makes it all the more special – the bravery it takes to create change at all.

Sr. Pat learned that Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a founder of a hospital in Africa, had formulated his philosophy of

Called Back To Reverence

7 months ago: [USA] Sr. Pat Bombard, BVM, on cultivating "Reverence for Life."

Sr. Mary Persico talking with an ASEC-sponsored CUEA graduate in Nairobi, Kenya (October, 2019).

On the Other Side of Reverence

7 months ago: [Kenya, USA] Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., President, Marywood University; ASEC Board of Directors Founding Member, reflects on her 2019 trip to Kenya, Africa, humbled and grateful for her experience of reverence.

The virtue of charitable giving enables ASEC to be a blessing and a bridge for the women religious in Africa who receive training and education and, in turn, become shining Rays of Hope to the people they serve in their societies.

Catholic Sisters: Building Virtue Bridges

8 months ago: [USA] Although the challenges of the pandemic continue to impact development efforts, ASEC continues to build virtue bridges for women religious in Africa with many positive outcomes in 2020-21.

ASEC's last two service trips to Africa have been postponed due to COVID-19, but staff are continuously working to improve the program experience. We remain eager to resume the program once it's safe to do so.

ASEC Plans to Resume Service Learning Program "As Soon as Possible"

8 months ago: [USA] Although 2020 and 2021 service trips to Africa were cancelled, ASEC continues to build infrastructure and partnerships to enhance the service trip experience when it's safe to do so.

Through the Research Initiative, ASEC strives to increase the academic literature available on Catholic women religious in Africa and develop sisters as critical investigators.

Catholic Sisters: Critical Investigators and Capable Researchers for Africa

8 months ago: [Ghana, Uganda, USA] In 2021, the ASEC Research Initiative saw tremendous growth in the areas of academic publication and research-related webinars. Learn how ASEC is supporting African sisters' in their scholarly research.

Sr. M. Tryphina Burchard, STH, ASEC Country Director (center), with two ASEC scholarship recipients during the 2021 Scholarship program orientation workshop in Tanzania.

Scholarship Program 2021: Bridging the Gap to Higher Education for Sisters in Africa

9 months ago: [Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia] A year in review of ASEC's Scholarship Program for women religious in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya and Lesotho. Read about the program growth, celebrations and achievements as 2021 comes to an end.

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