Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Irish nun to receive Padma Shri

Via Zenit .
An Irish woman religious will receive a civilian award from the Indian government for her social service.

Sister Cyril Mooney, 70, will be conferred the Padma Shri Award for her more than 40 years of work to educate the marginalized and poorest of the poor, reported SAR news agency. This honor stands fourth in the hierarchy of civilian awards given by the government of India.

A member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sister Mooney arrived in India in 1956 to serve the country by educating children in moral and spiritual values.

In 1964 in Lucknow, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, she began a project that recruited college and high school students to teach children who are unable to attend school.

Sister Mooney also worked to free domestic workers from the exploitative clutches of professional moneylenders.

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