KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – The National Catholic Reporter, an independent, lay-led Catholic newspaper, released “12 women making a difference,” a list identifying 12 American Catholic women under the age of 40 whose work will impact the church. The article is part of NCR’s Women Today special section in the July 6-19, 2012, issue.
The list includes Alison McCrary, lawyer and religious sister with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph; Beth Knobbe, campus minister at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University; Anita Vincent, catechist at a Montessori school in Pennsylvania; Shelly Roder, volunteer coordinator for the Midwest office of the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps; Molly Linehan, master’s student at Georgetown University; Neomi DeAnda, theologian and director of the Oscar Romero Scholars Program at Catholic Theological Union; Christin Jezak, actress and playwright; Christine Riley, project coordinator for the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services; Rachel Lustig, senior vice president of mission and ministry at Catholic Charities USA; Heather Mizeur, politician, 20th legislative district in the Maryland General Assembly; Karen Gargamelli, lawyer and part of the New York Catholic Worker community; and Leti Bueno, youth minister at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.
NCR appealed to readers, contributors and national organizations for nominations. “We had no idea what to expect when we sent word out to our network of contributors and friends that we were looking for names to add to this list of ‘impressive young Catholic women,’ ” said NCR editor Dennis Coday. “We were blown away by the response.”
Staff writer Zoe Ryan led the NCR editorial staff in reviewing the pool of candidates. “We received so many nominations that selecting only 12 took careful attention and many hours,” said Ryan. “We looked for a diversity of ministries, interests and careers to really showcase the impressive work of women who are passionate about their faith. I believe we found outstanding people.”
NCR plans to do a similar list in the future.
“After reading these profiles — and realizing that these women represent a whole generation of young, committed and engaged Catholics — how could anyone be pessimistic about the future of the church and its ministries in the United States?” Coday asked. “The stories of these women fill us with hope.”
For more information, including biographies of the 12 women, visit http://ncronline.org/node/31095.
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