AMRI attends UISG Presentation of the Trinity Washington University/CARA Study: International Sisters in the United States



Sr. Phyllis Behan, Vice-President of AMRI, attended a presentation of the Study on International Sisters in the Unites States and the implications for Religious Life throughout the world. More than 70 religious men and women participated, representing Religious Institues, Conferences of Religious, Vatican Dicasteries, Centers of Studies. The presentation took place at UISG Headquarters in Rome on 4th May 2017.

Sr. Mary Johnson was the main speaker. She is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Sr Mary is professor of sociology and religious studies at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. Speaking at the presentation, Sr. Mary said, 

“The Study of International Sisters in the United States was a wonderful collaboration between Trinity Washington University in Washington D.C, and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. 

We were also cognizant of the backdrop of the study. The United States is experiencing a period of vicious anti-immigrant sentiment and action at this time. It is a time of great trial for those who have come to our country to find a home, and for those who wish to follow the Gospel mandate of welcoming the stranger. These findings will hopefully shed further light on the experiences and gifts of all who migrate. 

This study of International Sisters in the United States had these goals:

  • To use several sociological methods to find as many international sisters as possible in the United States.

  • To hear the voices of those sisters through surveys and interviews and focus groups, in order to determine the needs of the sisters, and to learn about their contributions and the new life and hope they bring to religious life and the Church in the United States, and to U.S. society.

  • To publish a book with the qualitative and quantitative data. The length of the book will allow us to give more analysis and reflection on the rich data than research reports or presentations allow."

Sr. Mary also took the time to present her research to AMRI members at the AMRI office on Wednesday 10th May.  


You can watch a video of Sr. Mary's UISG presentation in Rome below, and read her report HERE.

Sr. Mary Johnson
Sr. Mary Johnson
Sr. Mary Johnson
Sr. Mary Johnson

The event was attended by over 70 religious men and women

Sr. Phyllis Behan (Vice-President, pictured top right) represented AMRI at the UISG event in Rome

Sr. Mary Johnson
Sr. Mary Johnson

Sr. Mary Johnson addresses members at the AMRI office