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Donna Markham, OP

December 5, 2022, Washington, D.C. – Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, is one of four authors of an opinion piece published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy that announces the launch of “A Nation of Bridgebuilders,” a partnership of Catholic Charities USA, YMCA of the USA, Interfaith America, and Habitat for Humanity International.

In their piece, the leaders wrote:

“The message from this month’s midterm elections was clear: Most Americans reject political extremism and want a less divided and contentious nation. They also believe achieving that goal is possible.”

“This may have surprised the pundits and pollsters, but it didn’t surprise us. As the leaders of four major civic institutions — Catholic Charities USA, YMCA of the USA, Interfaith America, and Habitat for Humanity International — we have seen the desire to bridge differences play out in large and small ways during one of the most divisive periods in our nation’s history.”

After detailing the many ways they have witnessed groups coming together for the common good, the authors announced the official launch of “A Nation of Bridgebuilders,” a partnership to deepen and expand bridge building in communities across the country and explained how the organizations expect to implement their plan.

Authors, in addition to Sister Donna, are Suzanne McCormick, President and CEO of YMCA of the USA, Eboo Patel, Founder and president of Interfaith America, and Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.

Read the entire article on the Chronicle of Philanthropy website. 


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June 12, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – A talk by Adrian Dominican Sisters Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP, was cited in a scholarly review of five themes brought forward by a discussion of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home. An article by Jason King in The National Catholic Reporter’s EarthBeat section cites Sister Patricia’s closing talk at a 2019 national conference on Laudato Si’ held at Creighton University. Sister Patricia’s talk is cited in two of the themes: Work is Being Done in the Church and Work Comes from Many Corners of the Church. Read the article on the five themes of Laudato Si’.



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