Miriam Therese MacGillis

Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, NJ

Sister Miriam Therese MacGillis spent many years as a happy art teacher before her complacency was broken in 1968 by the questions of a student about the Vietnam war. After a lonely, five-year period of questioning everything, she stopped teaching art, embarked on a career as a social justice activist, met Thomas Berry, a Passionist priest, geologian and cultural historian, and began her life's work around ecology, sustainability, and agriculture. In 1980 she co-founded Genesis Farm, which has become one of the main prototypes for fifty ecological farms, earth learning and retreat centers founded by other women's congregations in the U.S. and Canada. Band of Sisters introduces viewers to Genesis Farm thirty years after it began.

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