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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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ASEC will participate in Marywood University’s Virtual Research Day on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

ASEC Participates in Marywood University's Virtual Research Day

last week: [USA] Marywood's Virtual Research Day provides ASEC the opportunity to increase awareness of our mission among university students, faculty, staff and local community.

Sr. Lucy's arrival to the US was scheduled for August 2020 but has been delayed due to COVID-19. She is currently studying remotely with researchers at CARA to prepare for her fellowship.

7th Visiting Scholar Selected for CARA Research Fellowship

last week: [Uganda, USA] Sr. Lucy Dora Akello, LSMIG, Uganda, selected for six month research fellowship with The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) Georgetown University.

Due to COVID-19, the inaugural ICR conference was held virtually at the end of September, 2020.

ASEC/CARA Host Inaugural International Consultative Research (ICR) Conference Virtually

6 months ago: [USA] In September, 2020, ASEC held the inaugural ICR Conference, which provided an opportunity for researchers around the globe to collaborate in the initiation of an international network of research on religious life.

Sr. Felicity Tanko is an alumna of ASEC's Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program. She recently completed her degree in Nursing from ASEC partner institution, the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda (CUCB). Sr. Felicity is a member of the congregation The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

COVID-19 Impact on Healthcare and Education Workers: A Phenomenological Case Study in West Africa

6 months ago: [Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria] The ASEC Research Initiative's 2nd COVID-19 research study related explores the impact on healthcare and education workers in the West African countries of Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.

SLDI participants  of Administration Track visit school children in Fukayosi Villiage in Tanzania.

The Impact on Education in Africa - ASEC Special Evaluation Report

6 months ago: [USA] How alumnae of ASEC's SLDI and HESA programs are impacting ministries in primary and secondary education in Africa.

ASEC Program Director Sr. Juliana Zulu, RGS, shows the love and care of a sister to a little girl in Zambia.

COVID-19 Impact in Africa - ASEC Stakeholder Engagement Report

7 months ago: [USA] This impact study aims to understand ASEC stakeholders’ experiences and coping mechanisms during the COVID-19 pandemic so we can provide proactive response to their needs.

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

6th Visiting Scholar Selected for CARA Research Fellowship

more than a year 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).

Between 2012 and 2018, there has been a 19.5% increase in the number of women religious in the countries ASEC serves.

Number of Nuns on the Rise: Africa's Growing Sisterhood

more than a year ago.: [USA] The sisterhood is growing in Africa and ASEC strives to meet the educational needs of Catholic nuns who are serving Africa's poor and vulnerable.

“when we let ourselves be chosen by Jesus, it is to serve: to serve the people of God, to serve the poor, men and women who are outcasts, living on the fringes of society, to serve children and the elderly...Letting ourselves be chosen by Jesus means letting ourselves be chosen to serve, and not to be served.” -Pope Francis

The Link Between Servant Leadership and Higher Education: Women Religious in Sub-Saharan Africa

more than a year ago.: [Kenya, USA] Does participation in a post-secondary education program transform Kenyan sisters’ understanding of their lives as women religious?

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 Selected for CARA Research Fellowship

more than a year 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.

As they develop skills in areas relevant to their ministries and congregations, participants of ASEC's Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program build their capacity to act as servant leaders and role models. Photo of SLDI Finance I workshop particpants in Uganda (July, 2018)

8 Characteristics of Servant Leaders (with examples and quotes)

more than a year ago.: [USA] The 8 characteristics of servant leaders and quotes from true servant leaders that emphasize the impact of education on servant leadership.

Sr. Hellen Bandiho, STH, Ph.D. of Tanzania is the fourth Sister scholar accepted for a six month research fellowship at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University.

4th Visiting Scholar Selected for CARA Research Fellowship

more than a year ago.: [Tanzania, USA] Sr. Hellen Anthony Bandiho, STH, of Tanzania is the fourth 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.

Tara Lopatofsky, Ph.D., CCLS, successfully defends her doctoral dissertation research on March 28, 2019 at Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

Dr. Tara Lopatofsky, Awarded Ph.D. for Research on Catholic Sisters in Kenya

more than a year ago.: [Kenya, USA] ASEC HESA Evaluator Tara Lopatofsky, Ph.D., CCLS receives Doctorate in Administration and Leadership from Marywood University after successful defense of her research on the impact of post-secondary education on Catholic Sisters in Kenya.

a portion of the book cover for Transformative Partnerships: Role of Agencies, Foundations, Institutions in Promoting Strategic Social and Sustainable Change for Women Religious in Africa.

ASEC's Transformative Partnerships Book Launch Takes Place in Nairobi

more than a year ago.: [Kenya] Transformative Partnerships invites us into an emerging field of research on women religious in the Global South. The book launch took place Feb 2, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB, of Zambia, is the third African sister to be awarded a six-month fellowship to work as part of a research team at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

3rd Visiting Scholar Selected for CARA Research Fellowship

more than a year ago.: [Zambia, USA] Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB, of Zambia is the third 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.

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