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Women-of-Faith’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 16 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am EST

During the COVID-19 pandemic, women-of-faith leaders have been working at the intersection of prayer and strategic planning to respond to the many challenges that face their communities. This event will feature several Catholic Sisters and women-of-faith leaders, from around the world, who have quickly addressed the challenges presented by the pandemic, being inspired and motivated by their faith and calling.


Sr Adebola Daramola

Sr. Adebola Daramola is a sister of St. Michael the Archangel in Nigeria. She embraced the religious life as a young girl and obtained training as a computer scientist due to her love for science and creativity. She is a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Ado Ekiti now Ekiti State University, Nigeria. She currently serves as the Assistant Chief Systems Analyst at Augustine University in Lagos.

Sr Beena Devasia Madhavath

Sr. Dr. Beena Madhavath is with the Congregation of Ursulines of Mary Immaculate (UMI). She was born and brought up in a little village called Gandibagilu, in the state of Karnataka, India. Sr. Dr. Beena obtained her MBBS and MS Degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore India. She also holds a Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery and a Fellowship in Laparoscopic surgery from Kiel University Germany. She is the recipient of the Sr. Dr. Mary Glowery Scholarship from Catholic Health Association of India, which gave her an opportunity to pursue a short course from Melbourne University Australia on Health Care Design and Implementation.

Christy Anastas

Christy Anastas is a Palestinian advocate and public speaker for reconciliation and security within the Palestinian – Israeli conflict. A partner of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation, advocating for religious freedom, especially for minorities in the Palestinian Territories. Currently doing a master’s in international affairs. A Fellow at the Institute of Global Engagement and running a food bank for Palestinian Christian minorities in Bethlehem.

Sr Theresa Eke

Sr. Theresa is a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Nigeria. She serves as the Advocate for Inclusive Education and Society within the office of the Provincial Leader for the Province of Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso; as well as a Clinical Psychologist and teacher. She has a certificate in Theology and a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Religious Studies. She has experience in teaching and youth ministry. Later, she moved to Italy to pursue her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology, specializing in Clinical Psychology and Christian Anthropology. She has also served as the President of the Nigerian Association of Priests and Religious Counsellors/Psychologists for two three-year terms.

Vickie Blackson

Vickie is the co-founder and president of Every Child is Worthy Ministries. The ministry is committed to promoting health and wellness initiatives for children and adults with disabilities in areas of the world where resources are limited or nonexistent.  Currently, ECWM serves the disabled community in Dnipro, Ukraine and Ndola, Zambia.  In these communities, families of children with disabilities often become stigmatized, experience discrimination and become marginalized. Vickie has been to Ukraine nine times, Zambia three times and one trip to North Africa.


November 16
9:00 am - 11:00 am EST
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