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Liberation in Ecuador
  • July/August 2011, p. 35
  • For grades 9-12
  • Sister Elsie Monge has spent years standing with the poor and oppressed. Prompted by her faith, she fought for human rights and teaching others how to do so too. This article should be used with only the most mature students as it speaks of torture, kidnappings, people forced from their lands, and other tragedies. Despite this, the article is hopeful, as progress has been made in Ecuador. It would be a helpful supplement to any study of human rights, or the history of Central America during the 1970's-80's.  Sister Elsie, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, and named "Woman of the Year" in Ecuador in 2005, is a study in herself. 

Virgin of the Cloud, Spirituality series
  • January/February 2011, page 54
  • For grades 6-12; For K-5, see Related Activities
  • These reflections on Mary's role as mother to us all introduces readers to a an apparition in Ecuador in 1696. It also speaks of one woman's belief that she was strengthened by Mary at a crucial time in her life recently, and can help students begin to appreciate Mary's love for all peoples. Today, la Virgende la Nube is celebrated in Ecuador, and in the cities of Lima, Chicago and Manhattan.