Sarah Mac Donald is a freelance journalist based in Dublin, Ireland. She contributes to The Tablet, the Irish Independent and NCR. She researched and produced the documentary "Mary Ward – Dangerous Visionary," which tells the story of the 16th-century foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Congregation of Jesus. She has contributed to books, including The Francis Factor: A New Departure (Columba Press, 2014) and God's Entrepreneurs: How Irish Missionaries Tried to Change the World (New Island Books, 2010).

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Sophia Housing, Mercy Law take holistic approach to homelessness in Ireland

"Our vision is for an Ireland where homelessness and the trauma caused by homelessness is eradicated from our society," says Daughter of Wisdom Sr. Jean Quinn, founder of Sophia Housing.

Sr. Margaret MacCurtain, distinguished historian and activist, dies at 91

President Michael Higgins led tributes from all sectors of Irish society to Dominican Sr. Margaret MacCurtain, who died in Dublin on Oct. 5.

Poor Clares' song reaches out in a hope to provide silence, calm

A community of isolated nuns in the Sussex countryside in the U.K. has put their daily prayerful singing into a shareable form using new songs composed by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin.

Five religious congregations celebrate major anniversaries in 2020

In addition to the Benedictine sisters of Kylemore Abbey marking their centennial in December, four other communities mark anniversaries of 200, 100, 175 and 150 years: the Faithful Companions of Jesus, the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer.