Irish nun receives international courage award for devotion to girls [Aleteia]


Sister Orla Treacy has been empowering young women in South Sudan with education for over a decade.

The US State Department issued its International Women of Courage Award to a well-known Irish nun for her exceptional devotion to her vocation.  Sr. Orla Treacy, of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also known as the Loreto Sisters), was honored with the award after well over a decade of work educating young women in South Sudan.

One of the most volatile countries in Africa, South Sudan is not generous to their girls and the vast majority are never afforded the opportunity for an education. Sister Treacy’s outreach work and educational mission is an outstretched arm offering empowerment to thousands of pupils through education.

At Loreto Secondary School in Rumbek in Lake States, considered the premier girls’ school in the impoverished country, Sister Treacy serves as principal. She works daily to protect her students from the ongoing civil conflict and from discriminatory practices such as forced marriages.

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