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Hesperides

(hĕspĕr`ĭdēz), in Greek mythology, daughters of Atlas. They lived in a fabulous garden located at the western extremity of the world. There they guarded (with the aid of the dragon Ladon) a tree that bore golden apples. Hercules killed the dragon and obtained the apples as one of his 12 labors.
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The training is part of an ongoing effort by the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) to assist African sisters who are working to improve the course of life in their countries.
The conference will provide a forum for the colleges and congregations and the African sisters to continue their planning and needs assessment and ultimately prepare for the next phase of providing secondary education to sisters in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, and tertiary education in Ghana and Nigeria.
Munley said the meeting with the leadership of sisters who founded Rosemont College, Neumann University and Chestnut Hill College sparked ideas that eventually evolved into the African Sisters Education Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that is based at Marywood and runs training programs in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
Part of the reason African sisters are taking on these responsibilities is the number of Western missionaries in Africa continues to decline, she said.
Beyond that she is the chairperson of an organization of African sisters that spans nine nations, called the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa, or ACWECA in short.
5 million in goods and services to the West African sisters, the participating congregations describe the true gifts exchanged among the four groups in terms of relationship-building, reconciliation and a better understanding of their mission as Franciscans.
The Common Venture members in the United States are eager to share the fruits of their renewal with the West African sisters, but the process has not been without its blimps.
Our idea is to get women in North America and Europe to stay in solidarity with their African sisters," she said.
We look at abuse as an issue for all of us--not just a problem for African sisters or white sisters.
She said her report referred mainly to Africa and to African sisters, priests and bishops -- not because the problem is exclusively an African one, but because the group preparing the report drew "mainly on their own experience in Africa and the knowledge they have obtained from the members of their own congregations or from other congregations -- especially diocesan congregations in Africa.

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