Sr. Aloysia Sebueng Makoae, SNJM, of Lesotho is the sixth 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. Aloysia belongs to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) congregation in Lesotho. She holds a Ph.D. in African Languages from the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
Sr. Aloysia has taught numerous courses on language, literature, communication, teaching methodology, Lesotho culture and research methods. From 2006-2010, she was a lecturer at ASEC partner institution, The National University of Lesotho. Currently, she lectures at the Lesotho College of Education in the Department of African Languages and Literature. Sr. Aloysia also has over 25 years experience teaching at both the secondary and primary levels and has served as school principal at two institutions.
While serving as a Visiting Scholar fellow, she plans to conduct research on “Empowering Contemporary Religious Women Through the Investment in their Capacity Building.” Specifically she would like to study:
- How can ASEC graduates affect positive change among the Basotho nation?
- What are the advantages of empowering ASEC students in various fields of life?
- What steps could be taken intentionally, to share the charism and inspirations of the various religious women’s congregations in Lesotho?
Sr. Aloysia will arrive in Washington, D.C. to begin her stay at CARA on February 7, 2020 and will return to Lesotho on August 2, 2020. During her fellowship, she will live at Visitation Convent near the CARA offices in Washington, DC. She plans to visit ASEC's US Headquarters in May, 2020 to share her research interests and knowledge with ASEC staff.
Sr. Aloysia the sixth 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
- Sr. Margaret Mary Dione Ajebe-Sone, SST, Cameroon
Learn more about this program and ASEC's research initiative.
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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.