Julie A. Ferraro, a journalist for more than 30 years, is a Benedictine Oblate of the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, Idaho. She currently serves as social media manager for the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas.

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Three words to get the ball rolling: Stop labeling people

Some might view my simplistic concept as naive or outright ridiculous, but it is a feasible starting point to deal with prejudice in general and, more specifically, systemic racism.

Q & A with Sr. Lou Ella Hickman on giving poetic voice to women of the Bible

"Surprisingly, a number of the women [in the Bible] have very important roles, even though they may not speak directly. I wanted to get into how they felt."

Q & A with Sr. Donna Marie Paolini on creating a space for solitude

Mercy Sr. Donna Marie Paolini opened the Center of Solitude in 1992. She spoke to GSR about the importance of solitude on the spiritual journey, and shared the surreal origin of the center's location.

Mercy Sisters, intentional community strive to help immigrants in San Diego

At San Diego's Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 14 miles from the border, Mercy Sr. Mary Waskowiak and retired businesswoman Adela Garcia have launched the Community Resource Center to assist immigrants.