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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Psychological, emotional and verbal abuse by priests still ignored

Some bishops and religious superiors scoff at notifications that priests treat women religious and laity like dirt. These authority figures refuse to investigate the claims and take no action against the perpetrator.

From Franciscans in Pennsylvania, on to new adventure with Benedictines in Kansas

GSR Today - The silence and peace have made it possible for me to listen to the divine voice, and discern where I could support women religious — even if the chance of me formally joining a religious community is slim.

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."