southeast asia

Legacy’s work in South East Asia has focused primarily on Indonesia.  Since 2004 we have worked with  400 youth and religious leaders from multiple regions and islands.  Participants’ community impact projects have affected over 100,000 more people in their schools, mosques, and villages. Our partner is the Center for Civic Education Indonesia.

Sister Marianne Farina, CSC, Ph.D. – Graduate Theological Union , was invited to participate in Religion and Society Program and  examine the compatibility of religious practice with democratic social and political values  with Indonesian religious scholars and community leaders.

Sister Marianne Farina, CSC is a religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind.  She holds a doctorate in theological ethics in both Christian and Islamic traditions from Boston College.  Marianne is the Director for Research and Scholarship for the Center for Women’s InterCultural Leadership at Saint Mary’s College.  She is also a lecturer in justice education and ethics at Saint Mary’s College.   Before coming to Saint Mary’s, Sister Marianne was a lecturer for Pacific School of Religion, Starr King School for the Ministry, and the Institute for World Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.  At these institutions, she taught courses in Christian ethics, Islam, comparative religions, interfaith dialogue and spirituality.  Previously, Marianne had served as a pastoral associate, religious education coordinator, and school supervisor in Jalcahtra, Bangladesh.  She also served as the chairperson for the Pastoral Planning Project of the Diocese of Mymensingh in Bangladesh.   Since 1983, she has worked closely with Muslim and Christian communities and academic institutions in Asia and the United States.  Marianne seeks to assist training women leaders “to make a difference in their worlds.”  She is committed to the promotion of study and dialogue about intercultural/cross-religious topics and concerns of modern society.