Gail DeGeorge became editor of Global Sisters Report in January 2016. She lives near Washington, D.C., and has spent much of her career reporting on economic, business and labor market issues for national and regional publications. She's taught eighth grade and Confirmation classes for more than 10 years at parishes in South Florida and Silver Spring, Maryland, helped revitalize the Rosary Guild ministry at St. Bonaventure in Davie, Florida, and served on the parish council, volunteered at a food pantry and other parish activities.
When Sr. Ann Kendrick arrived in Apopka, Florida, 50 years ago, "It was a very segregated and racist reality," she said. She and the team of three other Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur saw their work there as figuring out "what the issues are, what the hopes and dreams are" of the people who lived there."
Religion News Association contest judges said Dan Stockman's series "goes far beyond the conventional wisdom that nuns are disappearing, showing us who these modern women religious are and how and where they live. The piece about a schismatic order that returned to the Catholic fold was particularly fascinating."
On Aug. 13, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will hand out three Lifetime Achievement Awards, the first time the organization has given the award. The inaugural recipients are an economist, an advocate and a world traveler.
The dispute over St. Mary's Mission Hospitals pits a former Maryknoll priest against the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi. Each side claims ownership of the hospitals, with the standoff resulting in an exodus of staff and significantly diminished service to patients.