Elizabeth A. Elliott is a Staff Writer for the Arlington Catholic Herald in Arlington, Virginia where she has written more than 100 articles. She is a former NCR Bertelsen intern. Elliott is from Omaha, Nebraska, where she completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Jesuit-run Creighton University.

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Vocation Ambassadors Program trains young adult Catholics to spread religious life

The National Religious Vocation Conference has been training young Catholics in media so they can effectively communicate with other young Catholics about why religious communities and their members are valuable to the church and to people of God.

Q & A with Srs. Barbara Kennedy and Sarah Deeby, providing counseling for what patients can afford

In April 1986, three Servants of Mary Sisters founded the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center in Portland, Oregon, to help local parishes address unmet mental health needs.

Francis' female deacon commission brings hope, caution

NCR collected reactions to Pope Francis' announcement May 12 to create a commission to examine the history of female deacons in the Catholic church. 

Catholic Charities project helps refugees plant roots in Kansas City

Beh Paw Gaw and her family spent 10 years in a Thai refugee camp after escaping war in Burma. They left a home with plenty of space to grow mangos, coconuts, bananas and papayas for a household where the nearest neighbor was only one step away. The U.S. government resettled Gaw, her husband, Ta Mla, and their seven children in Kansas City in 2007. Ta Mla found work at a factory in St. Joseph, Missouri. Beh Paw needed a flexible job she could work while raising young children that could help pay the rent when her husband's work was unstable.