Women's Stories Archive - Mary's Pence
Mary's Pence grantees.

Mary’s Pence 2023 at a Glance

We each hold in our hands great power to make the world a better place, and to create a beloved community. We use this power each time we create a sense of belonging for all, justice for all. This year, the Mary’s Pence Grants Program funded 19 organizations from across the country. Each organization is […]

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ESPERA

How María Rebuilt Her Bakery After Surviving Cancer

María Transito and her husband run a small business together in a rural area of Tonacatepeque in El Salvador. Their house is divided into two parts: a bedroom and a...

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ESPERA

Organic Gardening Emerging in El Salvador

An increasing number of communities, including our ESPERA partners in El Salvador, have turned their attention to organic farming as a sustainable alternative amidst challenges posed by climate change and...

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Grants

Learn How Heart of Courage is Transforming Mother’s Lives

Heart of Courage was born out of Dania Carter's profound concern for families navigating the challenges of the child welfare system. Witnessing the shortage of foster homes and recognizing the...

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ESPERA

Insights from Central America: A Journey With Mary’s Pence

Part of Mary's Pence team in the United States traveled to Central America last month. This is what we saw! We met with ten ESPERA partner organizations. Three were from...

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Community

Mary’s Pence’s First Allies In Social Justice Work

In 1987, Catholic women from all walks of life came together to support women's rights and well-being by supporting women working in ministry. Since the founding of Mary's Pence, Congregations...

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Grants

How LitShop is Expanding Girls’ Horizons in St. Louis

LitShop is an organization that encourages building and making skills, literacy, and leadership to empower and cultivate confidence in girls and gender-inclusive youth. Founded by Kelli Best-Oliver, a seasoned educator...

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Grants

Ending The Silence Surrounding Vulvovaginal and Pelvic Pain

It all started with a podcast. When a couple of women with chronic vulvar, vaginal, and pelvic pain launched Tight Lipped, the idea was simple: to break the silence surrounding...

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Mary's Pence grantees.

Community

Accompaniment as a way of being

Accompaniment as a way of being. The word accompaniment often comes to mind when we think of our work. To us, it means sharing a vision, working together, and being...

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ESPERA

ESPERA’s Path to Women’s Empowerment

The El Salvador Follow-Up Committee gathered together — 15 women from 7 ESPERA organizations — to discuss the year's accomplishments, their roles as leaders, and their plans for 2024. The...

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