Witness & Grace Conversations

A Conversation with Sisters of Selma
Tuesday, November 17   

Global Sisters Report invites you to join our "Witness & Grace: Conversations" program focusing on the Sisters of Selma with professor emerita Carol Coburn, who conducted our Q&A series, Mercy Sr. Patricia McCann and Therese Stawowy, who was a Sister of Loretto when she marched in Selma. Our guests will share their experiences in this part of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, how it influenced their lives and ministries, and their insights on the parallels and differences with the ongoing struggle to counter structural racism today. 
The cries for racial justice and equity ring loud and clear in these times. Since the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and others earlier this year, we have witnessed an outpouring of activism and demands that we confront the evils of structural racism. What they learned then, continues to speak to us today.

Therese Stawowy

Therese Stawowy is a retired teacher, administrator, psychologist; a former Sister of Loretto; a long-time Loretto Community Comember; Hospice Volunteer; Advisory Board Member at Dominican University for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  She is still and will always be a social activist in mind and spirit. Read a GSR Q&A with Therese here




Carol K. Coburn

Carol K. Coburn is a professor emerita of religious studies and director of the CSJ Heritage Center at Avila University. She is also a consultant for the Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence at Avila University. Coburn has published and presented extensively on the topic of American Catholic sisters, including a co-author book with Martha Smith, CSJ, Spirited Lives: How Nuns Shaped Catholic Culture and American Life, 1836-1920.



Sr. Patricia McCann 

Sr. Patricia McCann is a Sister of Mercy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She has extensive experience in religious community administration, teaching and educational administration, and retreat/workshop presentation. Currently, Sister Patricia spends time writing with a focus on church and social justice issues. She serves as sacristan at the Convent of Mercy Chapel. Read a GSR Q&A with Sister Patricia here.