Monasteries of the Heart

MOH member profiled by National Catholic Reporter

Molly Linehan, a member of Mary the Apostle Monastery of the Heart, an on-site community in Erie, PA, was one of 12 young women highlighted by the National Catholic Reporter for their impressive work. Molly was a campus minister at Gannon University during the past year while working on her master’s degree from Georgetown. She was chosen by the NCR for her interfaith work with Islam.
She spent time working with the Catholic church in El Salvador after her undergraduate, where thoughts on war and nonviolence stirred within her. In 2002, she was awarded the Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to study international relations and development in India, and it was in India where she had her first conversation with a young Muslim woman. The two, who still keep in touch, articulated together what it was to be a young woman in a religious faith. Linehan’s interest in Islam bloomed when she visited Pakistan. What she saw there and in India was the beauty of Islam, especially its own strong sense of social justice. When she returned to the U.S., she was amazed at the continuing demonization of Islam.
The focus of Molly’s thesis is nonviolent conflict resolution within Islam, looking at different models of nonviolence and how it plays out today.

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