Sharon Abercrombie has covered the environment, spirituality, women’s issues, animal rights and social justice for many newspapers, including the Columbus Ohio Citizen-Journal, the Columbus Catholic Times, the Oakland Catholic Voice, and Catholic San Francisco. She was assistant editor for EarthLight Magazine, the interfaith journal of eco-spirituality. She is a graduate of the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names University in Oakland, California.
Each February, Notre Dame de Namur University remembers its most famous alumna: Sr. Dorothy Stang, an environmental activist who was shot to death February 12, 2005, in Brazil. This year, the commemoration on the Belmont, California, campus had fresh grief to process.
About 125 groups in 25 states and several foreign countries participated Jan. 15 in an international event centered on gathering together, holding hands and meditating on love and peace.
Environmentalists are mourning the death of Charity Sr. Paula Gonzalez, a Cincinnati nun who spent the last 45 years of her life advocating for renewable energy. Gonzalez, 83, died July 31 at the Charity Sisters' Ohio motherhouse.
After International Women's Day in March, and with Earth Day approaching April 22, it is timely to shine a spotlight encircling activist Mercy Sr. Mary Pendergast, author and activist Margaret Swedish and Halifax Charity Sr. Maureen Wild, an international retreat presenter and ardent foe of the tar sands operations in Alberta, Canada, who is working on a book-writing project with Celina Harpe, a Cree-Chipewyan elder in northeastern Alberta.