Trailblazers in Habits, the new documentary about the pioneer work of Maryknoll Sisters, the first U.S.-based congregation of Catholic women religious dedicated to foreign mission, will have its Westchester premiere showing on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY. Admission is free. Light refreshments will follow.
Produced by award-winning filmmaker Nancy Tong, the film tells the story, in the Sisters’ own words, of the congregation’s work in education, healthcare, and the cause of social justice. A moving and absorbing chronicle that spans 100 years and several continents, the film celebrates the intelligence and tenacity, the love, compassion and generosity of these early feminists. The first U.S.-based congregation of Roman Catholic women religious dedicated to foreign mission, Maryknoll Sisters was founded in Ossining in 1912.
Production of the film was almost entirely funded by donations from the thousands who attended Maryknoll schools around the world. Maryknollers wanted a way to tell the full story of the Sisters’ contributions to their communities, from the building of schools and hospitals around the world to helping lay the foundation of Hong Kong’s social welfare system.
By turns tragic and joyous, yet always inspirational, this insightful documentary by award-winning director Nancy Tong, is a revealing portrait of these courageous women and a timely testimony to the Sisters’ lifelong dedication to helping the disenfranchised.
For more information please call 866-662-9900 or visit www.maryknollsisters.org.