Addressing racism in St. Louis

The scar tissue from the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown is still visible in Ferguson, Mo. 

Racial tensions run deep.

Sister Amy Hereford is determined to do her part. The Missouri native – now 58 and a Sister of St. Joseph – lives in the Dogtown Ecovillage on the edge of St. Louis, where she cultivates new life with her neighbors.

She is currently working on an application for a 2018 National Catholic Sisters Week mini-grant to address racism from a nun’s perspective. The application has been written and is being circulated for feedback from her fellow CSJs.

In these troubled times, we need women religious more than ever. They are prayerful and persistent, creative and collaborative. Catholic sisters respond to our nation’s many wounds, stepping forward as helpers and healers, leaders and listeners.

“What would the Church be without you?” Pope Francis said in a famous 2015 address to Catholic sisters. “Women of strength, fighters, with that spirit of courage which puts you in the front lines in the proclamation of the Gospel.”

Those valiant efforts on the front lines will be advanced again by NCSW mini grants, to be awarded this December in increments up to $1,000. The NCSW team in Minneapolis can sense the work being poured into grant applications across the country – prayer chains, email chains, drafts and revisions. We eagerly await your application! 


Further reading

Last year Sister Amy Hereford received a NCSW mini-grant for an event titled “Sisters and Sustainability.” It sprang from a passion that was first cultivated in her rural childhood

Hear more from Sister Amy about her life and experiences in the latest episode of Set Apart.

About Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Twenty Something,” which appears in more than 50 Catholic newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, America, The Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press. She also provides contracted editing and writing services. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University.