Julie Bourbon is a contributing writer for NCR. Based in Washington, D.C., she has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years, working for National Jesuit News, The Washington Post, and The Times-Picayune, covering religion, social justice, higher education, and more. 
Bourbon is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and holds a masters in pastoral studies from the Loyola Institute for Ministry and a masters in urban studies from the University of New Orleans. She currently runs her own business, Bourbon Communications, and is also a certified yoga instructor. 
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Trivia night with sisters attracts young people for social time, raising money for aging religious fund

National Catholic Sisters Week - The "Are you Smarter than the Sisters?" trivia night held in Arlington, Virginia, was part of an effort to reach out to more young Catholics while also promoting awareness of Support Our Aging Religious. More than 100 people came to the fundraiser.

Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers draws hundreds of supporters

Catholic sisters were among those supporting immigration reform and justice for young people brought to the United States illegally as children Feb. 27 at the U.S. Capitol.

Q & A with Sr. Donna Markham on what the good Samaritan means to Catholic Charities USA

"The only case that we make is on behalf of the Gospel and our obligation as a community of faith to tend to the least among us. And I think that's a message that all Catholics, regardless of where they stand in the political spectrum, can hear."

Asylum-seekers find safe haven, fresh start under sisters' care

Many religious congregations support the program Asylee Women Enterprise, which has helped over 400 women asylum-seekers achieve independence. The congregations provide volunteering, housing for the women and financial aid for the center's program. The first woman who came to them, just before Christmas 2010, was pregnant and fleeing war-torn Afghanistan. "Sarah" had nowhere to go and didn't know anyone in her new country, where she hoped to gain asylum. The Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore took her in, and her baby boy was born on Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.