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Margolin, Gila

Gila Margolin was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in 1951 in London. Her grandparents were from Scotland, Sweden and Russia. In her youth, Margolin was invested in Jewish religious tradition and considered becoming a Cantor. In 1962, she moved to Glasgow and became first acquainted with Christianity. Later she studied at Glasgow University. In 1982, Margolin moved to Cambridge, UK, where she studied Hebrew at Lucy Cavendish College. She converted to Catholicism in 1989.

Gila Margolin (1951 -) founded The Little Sisters of Joy in 1999, initially as a community of prayer, peace and reconciliation within the Catholic Church. In 2004, the Little Sisters of Joy evolved into a foundation.

Margolin has written two books, "The Moving Swan" (2006), and "Where the Woods Meet the Water" (2014).

Little Sisters of Joy

  • Corporate body
  • 1999 -

The Little Sisters of Joy is an ecumenical Foundation of Prayer, Peace and Reconciliation. It was founded in 1999 by Gila Margolin and became a foundation in 2004. The Foundation has over 700 friends in 35 countries.

The Foundation works to build bridges between Jews and Christians, Jews and Arabs, and between Catholics, Protestants and the Orthodox. It aims to effect reconciliation within individuals and has also worked on outreach to the Indigenous Canadian community.

One of its main outreach channels includes regular "Concerts for Peace and Reconciliation" in which Margolin performs songs of the 60s, American folk music and Hebrew music. The Little Sisters of Joy believes that music and the arts are a key part of the healing process.

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Stroh, Jack

Jack Stroh is a retired lawyer and lives in Erie, PA.
Stroh met Henri Nouwen through his wife, Sue Stroh, president of L'Arche Erie (Erie, PA). Nouwen counselled Stroh from 1991-96 and they become friends.

Masucci, Lorraine

  • Person
  • 1924-2018

Sister Lorraine Masucci, RSM (Sister M. Cephas) was born on April 20, 1924. She received her BS in Education from St. Bonaventure College and an MS in Religious Education from Seattle University in Washington. Teaching ministries were at Our Lady of Mt. Camel, St. Mary's, Corning, & St. Louis. She later served as pastoral assistant at St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Honeoye Falls, before moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she was an adult religious education coordinator in the Diocese of Atlanta. She died on November 23, 2018.

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