Maria Benevento is a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is a graduate of Creighton University, where she majored in theology and American studies and minored in justice and peace studies and Spanish. She spent two years as a full-time staff person at the Oakland Catholic Worker, a transitional shelter for Latin American immigrants and asylum seekers, before working at NCR as a Bertelsen editorial intern from 2017 to 2018.

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Filling vital US ministry roles, foreign-born priests need deliberate support to thrive

As U.S. vocations decline, the need for international priests grows. Also growing is receiving communities' awareness of how to best welcome, form and support priests serving amid a new culture.

Jesuit Refugee Service worker tells migrants' stories in their own words

Dying to Live is a collection of stories from the perspectives of refugees around the world. They speak of their escapes from dangerous home countries, harrowing journeys to safety, and hopes and fears for the future. The book also calls out those in power who control refugees' lives.

Catholic moms seek out community online

Catholic mothers today are finding support in communities they build online: Blogs, Facebook groups and Catholic websites can provide social interaction, create a forum for prayers, advice and encouragement, and can help moms make time for their own spiritual practice.

'The Visiting Room' creates connections for formerly incarcerated women

"The Visiting Room," a play written and performed by women who were in prison, is designed to break down barriers — starting with the "fourth wall" that separates performers from audience.