Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

Religion Journalist

Topeka, Kansas

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

Lady journo writing religion at the Global Sisters Report | Proud Ball State University alumna | Prolific em dasher Real Housewives GIFer


U.S. food justice

A two-part series looking at food access in the United States.
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America's Prisons

A four-part series looking at mass incarceration and the Catholic sisters trying to end it.
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Student loan debt stands between some would-be sisters and their vocations

In the last decade, student loan debt in the United States has become a nearly inescapable problem. Experts now use words like "staggering" and "crisis" to describe the fact that some 40 million adults in the U.S. carry college debt to the collective tune of a record-breaking $1.2 trillion. Case in point: A recent Brookings Institution study found that between 2004 and 2012, not only did the number of students borrowing for their education increase by 70 percent, so too did the amount the average student owed.
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Human trafficking in the US: Sisters' networks and ministries break the cycle one life at a time

Crystal was 13 years old when she met her pimp. Of course, she didn’t think of him as a pimp; he was her boyfriend, her savior, the man who doted on her and gave her the things her parents couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. “You know how you’re a little girl and you dream of Prince Charming? Well, he was Prince Charming,” Crystal said from her home in Watertown, South Dakota.
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Bearing witness, being church: Dominican sisters in Iraq

In the middle of makeshift refugee camps, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena are trying to make life work. They get up every morning for prayer, and then they spend the rest of the day visiting the thousands of Iraqi refugees living in the abandoned malls and unfinished construction sites of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.
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A ministry at the top of the world

For most of the year, Tuktoyaktuk is accessible only by air. In the winter, however, it’s a different story. Then – when the temperature has dropped to 40 degrees below zero – then you can reach the tiny hamlet perched above the Arctic Circle via the Winter Road, that is, on an icy pathway on top of the frozen Arctic Ocean.
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Acting on a deep call to a different ministry

Former Franciscan sister Nancy Meyer, right, being ordained as bishop of the Midwest region of Roman Catholic Womenpriests in June. If there’s one thing Mary Bergan Blanchard wants to make clear, it’s this: she is definitely not a radical. “I’m too old to be a radical,” she said, laughing. “I’m too practical.”.
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Religious Formation Conference at 60: 'Relocating the Prophetic Witness of Religious Life'

Members of the Religious Formation Conference discuss changes at the 2013 congress meeting, "Rooted in the Mission of Jesus: Reaching Out to the Margins." Looking out a window in the tiny offices housing the Religious Formation Conference, it’s hard not to notice the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' headquarters next door, towering above everything else in all its stone and glassiness.
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Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

I am a staff writer for the Global Sisters Report, a special project of the National Catholic Reporter that provides coverage of Catholic sisters and nuns.

I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in magazine journalism and French and then studied urban and intercultural issues at Cincinnati Christian University, earning a Master of Arts in Religion.

I have a tenacious faith in the necessity of print media. I love em dashes and semicolons, but my relationship with the Oxford comma is evolving. My longstanding aversion to the inverted pyramid is well-documented.