Sr. Margaret Mary Dione Ajebe-Sone, SSTCJ is the fifth Sister scholar accepted for a six-month research fellowship to learn applied research skills in the apostolate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University.
Through a grant awarded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, CARA’s primary focus is to help African Sister Scholars acquire applied research skills in the apostolate over a six-month fellowship. The grant also supports the development and implementation of at least one research project in the home country each Sister Scholar.
Sr. Margaret belongs to the international congregation of the Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of Buea and is from Cameroon, West Africa. She received her bachelor's degree in Curriculum Studies/ English in 2002 and her masters degree in Educational Foundations and Administration in 2016 both from the University of Buea, Cameroon, and her diploma in Spiritual Theology from Angelicum, Rome in 2010. She is currently the Principal of Schools at Regina Coeli College Tombel, Cameroon.
It has always been Sr. Margaret’s wish to further her skills in the area of research and she will finally get to do so at CARA. Her research project while at Georgetown University will focus on “the influence of technological advancement and its impact on religious life as lived in the African context.” She hopes to uncover if the use of technology is deviating African religious from the original simple lifestyle they are called to live.
Sr. Margaret visited ASEC headquarters in Scranton, PA, from September 23-29, 2019 to learn about ASEC, provide the staff with valuable insights and to share her research interests. Sr. Margaret is the fifth research fellowship recipient, preceded by the following African Sister Scholars:
- Sr. Bibiana M. Ngundo, LSOSF, Kenya
- Sr. Florence Emurayeveya, EHJ, Nigeria
- Sr. Joan Chisala, CJSB, Zambia
- Sr. Hellen Anthony Bandiho, STH, Tanzania
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In 2015-2016, ASEC entered into an agreement with Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to bring African sisters to the U.S. for a Visiting Scholar Fellowship. CARA is a national, nonprofit research center that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. The chosen sister will work and study with CARA to advance their research skills. ASEC is partnered with CARA to recruitment the sister scholars and engage them in research opportunities, including over one week at its Scranton, PA, office.