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Monday, March 11, 2013

Clare Pratt, RSCJ - Commentator on ABC News During Papal Conclave in Rome

Clare Pratt, RSCJ
Former Superior General 2000-2008

News from U.S. Provincial Team....

The U.S. Provincial Team asked me to share with you that Clare Pratt, RSCJ has been asked to be live on air with Diane Sawyer as a commentator throughout the papal conclave. We are not sure when the commentary will begin, who else will be commenting or how often it will be on, but we thought that you would want to know in order to tune in to ABC, particularly for their morning coverage.  Obviously, this opportunity is both an honor and a huge responsibility.

The following was posted to the website this morning. 

Friends of the Society of the Sacred Heart might recognize one or more of the people providing commentary for ABC News during the papal conclave this week. Clare Pratt, RSCJ, will occasionally be on air with Diane Sawyer throughout the time the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are sequestered to elect a new leader of the worldwide Church. She will also be available to provide information and perspective during the days following the announcement of the next Pope.

As with so many details about the conclave, it is unclear at this time how often Sister Pratt will appear, or for how long. She is one of several experts that ABC News has available for commentary. Sacred Heart alumna Cokie Roberts is an ABC News Contributor and will be involved in the coverage from Rome.

A native of Washington, DC, Sister Clare Pratt was the first American to lead the international Society of the Sacred Heart as superior general, 2000-2008. She also served as a member of the U.S. provincial leadership team, 1988-93. Currently, she serves as the community director for Oakwood Retirement Center in Atherton, California, where many Religious of the Sacred Heart in prayer ministry live. Sister Pratt is a graduate of Sacred Heart schools: Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, Purchase, New York and Newton College of the Sacred Heart, Newton, Massachusetts. Her masters in religious education came from LaSalle College, Philadelphia.

The U.S. provincial team invites prayer for this historic and important moment in the life of the Church.

For further info on the ABC News Special Coverage "The Papal Conclave Choosing the New Pope" click here.

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