Mary Ann McGivern, a Sister of Loretto, works with people who have felony convictions and advocates for criminal justice. She lived at a Catholic Worker house for 28 years. She has been a public radio commentator and written plays and a cookbook. She lives in St. Louis.
Mary Ann McGivern
NCR Today: I heard from a man in a maximum security prison in Missouri who is trying to help his cellmate's case for clemency.
NCR Today: Walls don't bring peace or solve problems. Robert Frost was being ironic indeed when he said, "Good fences make good neighbors." Fences create lasting enmity.
NCR Today: In the midst of this solemn candle lighting we laughed again and again. We were enlisting, in old-fashioned terms, the army of the church triumphant. We were calling on all our family saints to work miracles.