Martha Ann Kirk, a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word, is a professor of religious studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, and the author of Iraqi Women of Three Generations: Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace, based on her exhibit of photos and interviews. She has also written Women of Bible Lands: A Pilgrimage to Compassion and Wisdom (Liturgical Press), the first guidebook to associate stories about or by Jewish, Christian and Muslim women with more than 200 sites in the Middle East (Israel, Palestine, Sinai, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Greece and Turkey).
When we sisters started the Women's Global Connection ministry, we didn't know that the seeds would blossom with young people in conversations with participants all over the world. In 2021, young women worked together for successful presentations at the UN's NGO CSW Forum.
The global pandemic is leading us into the communion of saints in ever deeper ways. In our ongoing grief, it has helped me to remember the special gathering the Incarnate Word family had last fall for Day of the Dead.
Last spring, we took a solidarity and service trip to Peru to clean up trash and meet with women who are partnered with our Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio.
I who have taught a university class, "The Holocaust, Never Again," cringed as I listened to him and the others speaking on a panel sponsored by Project Lifeline. That project is trying to shine a light on the 134,526 refugee and immigrant children who were put in detention centers in 2017, after fleeing danger and hardship and seeking protection in the U.S.