Sarah Mac Donald is a freelance journalist based in Dublin. 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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Q & A with Sr. Suzanne Ryder, helping Irish Mercy sisters tell their stories

A new video series highlights hope and perseverance as sisters speak about how the Mercy charism has been a touchstone for their journeys and how they embraced new ways of living their vocations in the 21st century.

As Ursulines shift presence in Ireland and Kenya, their links and legacy endure

The Ursulines in Ireland face a lack of vocations and an aging profile, while the community they founded in Kenya is thriving. Changes in both countries reflect new needs, rooted in the congregation's mission.

Q & A with Sr. Imelda Wickham, sharing insight into the reality of prison life

Presentation Sr. Imelda Wickham followed a call to be with people in prison. She was a prison chaplain for 20 years. Her new book spotlights Ireland's dysfunctional criminal justice system.

Q & A with Sr. Rita Wynne, educating adults in inner-city Dublin

Religious Sister of Charity Rita Wynne says she's the "factotum" for Dublin's Haven Centre, which serves adults who were unable to benefit from earlier education, to build their confidence and develop their skills.