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Barbara Fraser

Returned Maryknoll lay missioner and freelance journalist Barbara Fraser (Class of 1989, Peru) is covering the Oct. 6-27, 2019 Synod of Bishops for the Amazon in Rome for Catholic News Service.

Check out her excellent reporting by looking for her by-line on Catholic News Service’s synod page.

Make sure you don’t miss her excellent piece on the “theology of creation”: God in all things: Synod looks at indigenous ‘theology of creation’


  • Indigenous woman brings message from her elders to pope as church elder
  • On feast of St. Francis, pope joins Amazonians to plant tree at Vatican

Barbara also wrote a great backgrounder on the synod for Maryknoll magazine and a 13-part background series for Catholic News Service in advance of the synod.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Compelled by faith to engage with people across cultures and ethnicities, Maryknoll lay missioners live, love and work with communities on the margins to promote active nonviolence and healing.