GSR plans for expanded coverage in Central and South America

Staff members, correspondents and editors gather around a video editing demonstration Dec. 2 from GSR contributor Nuri Vallbona, seated center. (GSR photo / Thomas C. Fox)

Global Sisters Report and National Catholic Reporter editors Mary Lou Nolan and Dennis Coday led a Dec. 1-2 planning and brainstorming gathering at National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company’s Kansas City, Missouri, headquarters. The meeting, which included full-time GSR staff members and contributors, discussed an expansion of reporting coverage in Latin America. Much of GSR's initial international coverage has focused on the continent of Africa.

Two U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ staff members addressed the group via videoconference: Trinitarian Fr. Juan Molina, director of the effort to support the church in Latin America, and Richard Coll, foreign policy adviser for Latin America and Global Trade Office of International Justice and Peace.

Longtime NCR contributor June Erlick, editor of ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, also spoke to the gathering through a video hookup.

Tarra McNally, research officer at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, offered a statistical analysis of the changing ranks of global sisters today.

GSR, which is funded through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, will mark its two-year anniversary in April.

[Thomas C. Fox is director of Global Sisters Report. His email address is tfox@ncronline.org. Follow him on Twitter: @NCRTomFox.]

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