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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Red Nuns' viral dance video is an ode to front-line pandemic workers

The Redemptoristines' monastery in Dublin keeps receiving messages after their video for the "Jerusalema" dance challenge went viral. They did it as a prayer for the suffering world and front-line workers.

Q & A with Sr. Mary Greaney, ministering to Dublin's Chinese community

Greaney arrived in Hong Kong in 1971 and spent the next 37 years there as a missionary and nurse. After retiring to Ireland, her mission is now to a flourishing parish community for the Chinese diaspora in Dublin.

Congregations apologize amid report that thousands of children died at homes

A Jan. 12 report revealed that up to 9,000 children died in Irish mother and baby homes, many of which were run by religious congregations. Two orders issued statements of apology, as did the head of the Irish church.

Ireland honors two sisters for their work around the world

Good Shepherd Sr. Louise Horgan has been working for over 50 years to empower vulnerable women and children in Thailand, and Loreto Sr. Patricia Murray has been recognized for her work in peace, reconciliation and development.