In mid-January, Sr. Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D, president of Marywood University, visited Rwanda and Burundi as a participant in a new initiative of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), designed to strengthen links between Catholic colleges and universities and CRS workers in the field.
"This was not my first trip to Africa," Sr. Anne said. "I have been to other countries because of my involvement with the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), but this was my first, direct encounter with the devastating realities of genocide and the ongoing human struggle toward reconciliation."
While in Rwanda and Burundi, Sr. Anne and a delegation of three other university presidents met with high-level civic and Church officials as well as with the United States ambassadors in both countries. As part of her packed schedule, Sr. Anne also participated in a parish community healing and reconciliation session at the Rwanda Genocide Memorial.
Reflecting upon her experience, Sr. Anne says she witnessed CRS programs and collaborative activities "up close and personal," and that such efforts have had a positive impact on the people there.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to have seen the work of CRS in the field," Sr. Anne said. "I saw the principles of Catholic social teaching in action. Serving on this delegation has helped me to realize the importance of the work of CRS and its capacity to be the empowering presence of a caring Church in a hurting and troubled world."
View photos of Sr. Anne's trip, courtesy of Catholic Relief Services.
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