Nasreen Daniel SL is standing tall in Pakistan with the Loretto Community’s support
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”Luke: 1: 41-42
I often find myself the only woman on the seminary staff or the National Education Commission, and this inspires me to change the gender in Luke’s verse to “Blessed are you among men.” Pakistan has a very strong patriarchal society where women are considered insignificant and taught to think less of ourselves. The cultural attitude sneaks into religious communities as well. Women inside and outside of religious communities are lagging behind in all spheres of life, be it education, health or other settings.
I, a sister of Loretto, am the only religious woman with a Ph.D. in Pakistan. I am asked to join the seminary staff and the education commission because of the degree. Whenever I am invited to join a commission, I think, “I have enough on my plate,” but then I remember that I am the only woman they’ve asked, so for the sake of my fellow women I accept. As the sole woman in these groups, I feel uncomfortable, awkward and at times unwanted. The trust of the Loretto Community helps me hold my ground.
Donations to our Pakistan fund will supply scholarships and meals.