“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is a human creation
and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”
( Nelson Mandela )
What actions are we willing to take to eradicate poverty? What questions are we willing to ask? Or…do we have so much invested in “ the way things are,” that silence and inaction seem the better course? Using the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals as our point of departure, we will consider the phenomenon of global poverty, and its connection to both climate change and global military expenditures. Our conversation will be grounded in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and the Dominican search for Truth.
Margaret Mayce is a member of the Sisters of St, Dominic, Amityville, NY. She served on her Congregation’s Leadership Team from 2001-2007, and during this time also served on the national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as chair of Region 2 ( New York State). Prior to Congregational leadership, Margaret directed the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY; served in Vocation/Formation ministry fro her Congregation; was a member of the Rockville Centre Diocesan Mission Team in the Dominican Republic; and served as an instructor in the Pastoral Formation Institute of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Currently, Margaret is the NGO (non-governmental organization) representative for the Dominican Leadership Conference at the United Nations. In this capacity, she collaborates with other NGOs to focus attention on UN issues and initiatives that are in support of the eradication of poverty; human rights for all; sustainable, people-centered economic and social development; and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. She also serves as a member of the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace. Margaret has a B.A. in Sociology from Molly College, Rockville Centre, NY; and a Masters in International Political Economic Development from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. She also earned a Certificate in Preaching from Aquinas School of Theology, St. Louis, MO.