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Sisters’ Leadership for Human Flourishing Conference

Join us for this online conference about Catholic social teaching (CST) and sisters' creative and collaborative leadership for integral human development.

All presenters are Catholic sisters in Eastern and Southern Africa. They have earned the Loyola University New Orleans Certificate in Theology & Ministry and Certificate in Catholic Social Teaching through participation in two projects, Catholic Sisters in Partnership for Sustainability and Living Charisms for Sustainable Human Development, both funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Catholic Sisters Initiative.

Dates and Times

  • January 15, 2022

  • January 22, 2022

  • United States (CST): 9am-11am

  • East Africa Time (EAT): 6-8pm

How To Attend

This conference will be held online via Zoom. It is free, and open to the public. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions. To attend both, register for each session separately to ensure that you will receive both links.

The sessions will be Zoom webinars, not Zoom meetings. This means that only the videos of the presenters and no other attendees will be visible. Attendees will be able to participate through Zoom chat and Q&A.

January 15: Trauma-Informed Ministries for Vulnerable Youth

Registration link for January 15 session:

Sisters will present about their experiences of collaborating with a youth-serving ministry in their congregation to develop and implement a strategic plan promoting trauma-informed care and integral human development. They will share ideas and advice for others interested in improving services for youth.

Presenters and their partner ministries:

  • Sr. Lucy Gacheri Gituma, CPS St. Vincent's Children's Home, South Africa

  • Sr. Maureen Ann Wanyora, IBVM Termination of Female Genital Mutilation Project, Kenya

  • Sr. Lucy Kimaro, Grail St. Theresa Girls Secondary School, Tanzania

  • Sr. Asteria Massawe, Grail Kisekibaha Girls' Centre, Tanzania

  • Sr. Anne Wandia Mbithi, FMSA Hands of Care & Hope Out of School Youth Program, Kenya

January 22: Catholic Social Teaching for Congregational Transformation

Registration link for January 22 session:

Sisters will present about their experiences of leading a "congregational examen" process to empower their communities to discern how to integrate charism, mission, and CST's commitment to integral human development. They will share wisdom they have gained about how to help their congregations more vibrantly live out their charism and the Gospel.

Presenters and their congregations:

  • Sr. Jane Frances Mulongo, IBVM Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Loreto Sisters

  • Sr. Avelina Kimaryo Grail Sisters

  • Sr. Teresia Mbugua, CPS Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood

  • Sr. Charity Bbalo, SHS Sisters of the Holy Spirit, Monze

  • Sr. Lucy Mbuya, CDNK Sisters of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro

This conference is made possible by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.