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ASEC is serving Catholic Sisters in 10 sub-Saharan African countries, providing access to educational opportunities. There is much to celebrate regarding the work of ASEC and the impact of Sisters who are benefiting from our programs.

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Left: A Catholic sister in Kenya, Africa helps to deliver a baby at her congregation's hospital. Right: Villanova basketball star Shelly Pennefather left her family, friends and basketball career to become a cloistered nun.

Sister vs. Nun - What's the Difference?

last week: [] It’s true that the words “sister” and “nun” are used interchangeably to describe women religious in the Catholic church, but there are several differences in their lifestyle, ministry and vows.

2020 ASEC Annual Board Meetings take place virtually

2020 ASEC Annual Board Meetings take place virtually

last month: [USA] April 27-28: ASEC’s annual Advisory Board and Board of Directors Meetings took place via Zoom due to social distancing restrictions.

A prayer for the COVID-19 Pandemic

A prayer for the COVID-19 Pandemic

2 months ago: [USA] The IHM Sisters invite you to join with them in prayer and share this Prayer during a Pandemic written by Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM.

A message of support to our community – COVID-19

A message of support to our community – COVID-19

3 months ago: [USA] In light of the COVID-19 pandemic it is important that we reach out to ASEC partners, supporters and beneficiaries to communicate our deep care and support.

ASEC scholarship recipient Fidesta Mashambo graduates from Bigwa Secondary School in 2019. Her academic performance at Bigwa contributed to the school's most improved academic performance award.

Bigwa Secondary School in Tanzania achieves academic excellence

3 months ago: [Tanzania] Bigwa Sisters Seminary Secondary School receives “Most Improved Schools” award for high academic performance.

The grant will be used for education scholarships for Catholic Sisters in Africa; especially those working in fields related to healthcare and teaching.

Partnership provides nursing/teacher scholarships for Catholic Sisters in Africa

3 months ago: [Tanzania] Education scholarships are made possible by the National Catholic Community Foundation (NCCF) Tomorrow's Leaders: Educating Children in Healthier Families Fund.

Sr. Francisca Damoah, SIJ, ASEC Regional Director West Africa, plays with a child at St. Elizabeth Day Center for Children & Young Adults with Disabilities, Ghana, during a site visit (June, 2018).

ASEC's Scholarship Program expands to Ghana

3 months ago: [Ghana] ASEC will now fund scholarships for Catholic Sisters in Ghana who wish to pursue degrees and training for special education.

Sr. Aloysia Sebueng Makoae, SNJM, Lesotho, arrived at Georgetown on February 7, 2020 for a six month research fellowship.

6th Visiting Scholar Arrives at CARA for research fellowship

4 months ago: [Lesotho] Sr. Aloysia Sebueng Makoae, SNJM, Lesotho, arrives at Georgetown University for six month research fellowship with The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

Sr. Kevin Karimi, LSOSF successfully defended her defended her doctoral dissertation on Tuesday January 21, 2020 at Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

Sr. Kevin Karimi, LSOSF, Successfully Defends Doctoral Research

5 months ago: [USA] Exploring Nontraditional leadership training on Catholic Sisters’ self-efficacy and latent potential for sustainable leadership skills development in Africa south of the Sahara.

Thank you to our amazing partners, donors and friends (Donations between 10/1/2018 - 8/31/2019)

Appreciation for ASEC Donors in 2019

6 months ago: [USA] Thank you to our amazing 2019 supporters! What we do is not possible without you. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Sr. Margaret Mary Dione Ajebe-Sone, SST, M.Ed. of Cameroon (standing, 2nd from left) visiting with ASEC staff at Marywood University. Sr. Margaret is the fifth Sister scholar accepted for a six month research fellowship with ASEC partner, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University.

5th Visiting Scholar arrives at CARA for research fellowship

9 months ago: [Cameroon, USA] Sr. Margaret Dione Ajebe-Sone, SST, of Cameroon 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.

William Barron Hilton (October 23, 1927 - September 19, 2019), photo courtesy of Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

In memory of Barron Hilton

9 months ago: [USA] Hotelier and philanthropist Barron Hilton commits 97% of his wealth to the humanitarian work of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in his passing on September 19, 2019 at age 91.

ASEC staff and partners visit to Kikyusa Primary & Secondary schools in Kikyusa, Uganda, run by the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross (MHC).

ASEC staff visit alumnae projects in Uganda

10 months ago: [Uganda] ASEC staff and partners visit several ASEC alumnae projects in Uganda to learn more about how ASEC programs are helping Sisters in their ministry work and service to the poor and marginalized:

HESA partners from 10 countries traveled to Uganda for the first HESA conference held June 19-23 in Uganda. Here, ASEC Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, Ph.D. (left) joins HESA partners from Cameroon for a photo.

First HESA Partners Conference takes place in Uganda

more than a year ago.: [Uganda] ASEC held its inaugural HESA Partners Conference June 19-23, 2019, at the Speke Resort Munyonyo and Conference Center in Kampala, Uganda.

Catholic Sisters are

Sisters at the forefront of sustainable agriculture in Africa

more than a year ago.: [Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia] African Sisters are practicing sustainable agriculture and farming to solve problems like malnutrition and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.

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