Sr. Clare Nolan recently retired as training coordinator of the Good Shepherd International Justice Office. Good Shepherd is an international woman's religious congregation that is involved in providing social services in about 70 counties, with a particular focus on women and girls in vulnerable situations. The organization has special consultative status with ECOSOC (Economic Social Council) of the U.N. From 1996 to 2008 Clare served as the nongovernmental organization representative for her congregation, working on policy and advocacy issues related to topics such as gender, poverty, trafficking, social protection, and violence against women and girls. She holds a master’s degree in social work and has a 25-year background in child welfare doing direct services with teenagers in residential care in New York City. Nolan has been a member of the congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (a.k.a. Sisters of Good Shepherd) since 1969. The commitment of the congregation to mercy and reconciliation are the prompts that guide her spiritual journey.

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Book Review

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