ASEC News & Reflections

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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Sr. Margaret Gannon instructs HESA students in Nairobi at HESA orientation.

ASEC Founding Member, Emerita Board of Director Called Home to the Lord

Oct 17, 2022: [] Sister Margaret Gannon, Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Scranton (IHM), Ph.D, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Sr. Margaret was a pillar of ASEC, having helped create the organization in its inception and serving as a board member thereafter.

Dr. Rosemary Shaver, ASEC Senior Program Manager, successfully defended her dissertation on September 23, 2022.

Senior Program Manager is awarded Ed.D., doctoral award

Oct 3, 2022: [USA] HESA and Scholarship Senior Program Manager Rosemary Shaver, Ed.D. received her Doctorate in Education from Wilkes University after successful defense of her research on the perceived impact of service learning programs on higher education learners. Through her research she was able to find that it is a transformative experience that promotes self-examination, dialogue, and skill development among participants.

Sr. Nkechi has been a Sister of the Poor handmaids of Jesus Christ for 19 years. (Right side photo: Photo by Nnaemeka Ugochukwu on Unsplash.com)

Leadership Success: My Life Journey After ASEC

Sep 26, 2022: [Nigeria] Inspired by God’s divine love and the spirit of Saint Katharina Kasper, Sister Salesiana Bach, the then Provincial Superior of the German Province, and her leadership team took a courageous decision to embark on a journey of faith on April 4th, 2006.

Sisters Odette and Cecilia exploring the technology of the phone at an SLDI workshop in Cameroon, 2019.

Using Technology to Strengthen Ministries

Sep 8, 2022: [Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, SouthSudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia] Last spring, the New York Times published an article about how women religious are sharing their experiences through social media platforms, like TikTok. In this article we reflect on the recent trends and explain how our sisters are learning to utilize technology.

ASEC Executive Director, staff, country coordinators and SLDI program participants meet via Zoom to discuss how the program is helping congregations succeed.

SLDI Participants meet with Executive Director, Share the Impact of Computer Technology Workshops

Sep 6, 2022: [Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, USA] ASEC Sisters from Zambia, Tanzania and other countries in Africa have gathered recently for Basic Technology workshops as a part of the SLDI program. Last month they met with ASEC Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia to discuss what they learned and why it is important.

ASEC Sisters complete a Basic Technology class in Nigeria, similar to the class the sisters in this article completed recently.

Sisters Learn Email, Facebook in Technology Workshop, Use Platforms to Express Gratitude

Aug 31, 2022: [Kenya] ASEC Sisters in Kenya recently participated in a Basic Technology workshop where they learned how to e-mail, create a Facebook page and other ways to communicate via digital platforms. The first thing they did was express their gratitude.

Executive Director Sr. Draru Mary Cecilia greeted guests at a dinner hosted during the LCWR Conference, August 2022.

ASEC Celebrates Board and Associate Members at Dinner During LCWR

Aug 18, 2022: [USA] During the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) conference in St. Louis, ASEC took the opportunity to meet with board members, associate board members, and other ASEC supporters at a dinner.

Sisters in leadership roles came together to attend a conference themed

‘Mystical Wisdom’ Found at LCWR Conference in St. Louis

Aug 16, 2022: [USA] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) held its annual conference from August 9-12, 2022, in St. Louis, Mo. ASEC members attended to share our mission and to learn about other organizations.

ASEC Sisters are pictured walking during a HESA Reflective Learning workshop in Uganda, 2022.

Coming and Going: Trusting God’s Path for Sisters

Aug 2, 2022: [Uganda] Working in a collaborative network of sisters from various congregations, countries and continents demonstrates the value of each individual's footprint on the organization.

Sr. Grace spends time promoting breast cancer awareness throughout the community.

Leading Student Peers at CUCG

Jul 26, 2022: [Ghana] Sr. Grace became the first woman religious elected as Faculty Student President at CUCG in 2021 and since then she has been using her ASEC education to better her congregation.

Attendees of the IACHE seminar at Boston College in July of 2022.

ASEC Executive Director, Program Manager Attend IACHE Seminar

Jul 22, 2022: [USA] A recent seminar at Boston College, IACHE, discusses current challenges facing Catholic Universities and how higher education can keep traditions alive on campus.

Sr. Anthonia's educational journey took perseverance, strength and faith, which all paid off. Here she is on graduation day at VERITAS.

My Story at VERITAS: No Cross, No Crown

Jul 13, 2022: [Nigeria] In this piece, Rev. Sr. Anthonia Ebong, HHCJ, reflects on the strength and faith it took to persevere through challenges in life and education.

Students follow instruction during a 2018 visit to Infant Jesus Prep in Ghana.

It Takes a Village: Caring for the Kids

Jul 5, 2022: [Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda] Taking care of kids takes a village - something ASEC Sisters understand well. It is not just tucking them in at night and making sure they are accounted for during the day, it is also making sure their future is taken care of as well.

After their Lenten Observance, Sr. Blessing and her Sisters visited the Pygmies and shared gifts with them.

Our Lenten Visit

Jun 28, 2022: [Cameroon] "Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all’’ Gal 6:9 -10. From the Pope’s message.

Students learn how to make soap during Entrepreneurial Month at Our Lady's Nursery in Nigeria.

Educating Students to Lead Exceptional Lives in Nigeria

Jun 22, 2022: [Nigeria] Our Lady's Nursery School in Nigeria recently hosted Entrepreneurial Month, an opportunity for students to be exposed to workshops and education that can sustain them in the future.

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