Maryknoll Sisters Documentary ‘Trailblazers in Habits’ premieres Oct. 28

“Trailblazers in Habits,” a 90-minute film documenting the pioneer work of Maryknoll Sisters, the first U.S.-based congregation of Catholic women religious dedicated to foreign mission, will have its New York premiere on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St., New York, NY.

An intimate portrait of the Maryknoll Sisters’ ground-breaking endeavors in Hong Kong and elsewhere throughout the world, “Trailblazers in Habits” tells the story, in the sisters’ own words, of the congregation’s work in education, healthcare, and the cause of social justice. A moving and absorbing chronicle that spans 100 years and several continents, the film celebrates the intelligence and tenacity, the love, compassion and generosity of these early feminists. The premiere coincides with the Maryknoll Sisters’ Centennial year.

Production of the film was almost entirely funded by donations from the thousands who attended Maryknoll schools around the world. Maryknollers wanted a way to tell the full story of the sisters’ contributions to their communities, from the building of schools and hospitals around the world to helping lay the foundation of Hong Kong’s social welfare system.

Award-winning director Nancy Tong, an alumna of Maryknoll School, Hong Kong, is contributing all the proceeds from the film to the Maryknoll Sisters. She and some of the sisters will be present at the premiere for the Q&A session.

Tickets to the fundraiser premiere—at $100 and $250—are available online or e-mail

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