Q & A

Q & A with Sr. Madonna Buder, famous for running Ironman triathlons

Sr. Madonna Buder, an 87-year-old nicknamed "The Iron Nun," began completing Ironman triathlons — swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles, and running a marathon (26.2 miles) — when she was 47. Since then, she's completed at least 45.written a book, was featured in a 2016 Nike commercial, and traveled the world for speaking engagements. She is a member of the Sisters for Christian Community who lives in Spokane, Washington, and talked to Global Sisters Report about running as an opportunity for mindfulness and prayer.

Q & A with Srs. Agnes Nguyen Thi Tam and Anna Dau Thi Nhung, protecting church properties from government confiscation

Sr. Agnes Nguyen Thi Tam and Sr. Anna Dau Thi Nhung served successively as superiors general of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Vinh. They spoke with GSR and shared highlights of the congregation's history, which includes surviving a U.S. air attack and developing farming techniques to overcome extreme poverty.

Q & A with Sr. Boitumelo Albertina Matlhabe, directing Botswana's oldest Catholic school

Sr. Boitumelo Albertina Matlhabe has spent most of her life at St. Joseph's College High School in Gaborone, Botswana. The Sister of Calvary graduated from St. Joseph's in 1979, and she's been teaching there since 1985. In 2005, she became the school's managing director. She spoke with GSR about the realities of running a school that is partially funded by the government.