ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) – Sister Ann Kendrick doesn’t think of herself as a celebrity, but her role in the documentary, “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America,” may change that.
Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, she and two other religious sisters arrived in Apopka, Fla., more than 40 years ago to serve farmworkers and the working poor in the Diocese of Orlando. Their empowerment and advocacy work at Hope CommUnity Center is featured in the program produced by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and narrated by news analyst and author Cokie Roberts.
“Women & Spirit” is now available for broadcast by NBC affiliate stations nationwide as part of network’s “Horizons of the Spirit” series in partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. The window for local stations to air the film runs until March 15, 2014.
It is not a “must carry” program. Stations can decide when to air it or not, so viewers were being encouraged by LCWR, and others involved with the project, to contact their local NBC affiliate and urge the film be broadcast.
“Women & Spirit” chronicles the 300-year contribution of religious women in the U.S. It shows their arrivals on immigrant ships, their nursing of Civil War soldiers and courageous care for epidemic victims.