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Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Loving God and neighbor without distinction: A pontifical institute of women religious of the Roman Catholic Church


Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking Celebrate 10th Anniversary

This past May, Sister Margaret Nacke was preparing to welcome out-of-state visitors to the Motherhouse. These visitors drove through a storm just to come and chat with Sr. Margaret. They just so happened to be a film production company called New Group Media, based out of South Bend, Indiana.

Judy Zielinski, Franciscan Sister, is also a writer and producer of documentaries and has known Sr. Margaret for 17 years. That was when they traveled to Eastern Europe together to work on the award-winning documentary, “Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism.” Now, in 2023, another documentary is in the works. The film will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Sr. Margaret was instrumental in the formation of the group in 2011.

“I remember standing at my desk in Belleville (KS) and saying, ‘I wonder what Sisters are doing around the country about human trafficking.’ I knew zilch at that time,” remembers Sr. Margaret.

From that point on, she’s been working tirelessly to both learn and then educate others about this horrible problem. She was one of 15 members of the founding board of directors, and now the organization is supported by 150 religious communities across the country.

I blame it on the Holy Spirit!
I try to put my whole self into what I’m doing at the time. I infect people!

Sister Margaret Nacke, CSJ

Sr. Margaret has spent a lot of time on the phone during this venture. She has called each Catholic Diocese in the U.S. and has included their bulletins in her educational tools. She also called every women’s prison in the country. She’s helped develop brochures to educate Chaplains and incarcerated women alike so that they understand how pimps and traffickers would try to manipulate and control them once they’re released. When asked how she came up with the concept of fighting human trafficking, she said, “ I blame it on the Holy Spirit! I try to put my whole self into what I’m doing at the time. I infect people!” Sr. Margaret says that she is still learning about human trafficking. “It’s made me more conscious of the abuse of women and the survivors,” she said. “Hearing the survivor’s stories has made me appreciate the life that I’ve led. My home life, education, and friends that I’ve had. Everything.”

“The Sisters have always looked at needs in society and tried to address those needs. There’s a lot more to do,” Sr. Margaret said. She doesn’t have any plans of stopping her pursuit of educating as many as possible and “shining a light on development.” She is a member of the Survivor Services Committee and is still giving talks around the country.
A favorite quote of Sr. Margaret’s is:

Sister Mary Savoie looks on as Sister Margaret is interviewed by Judy Zielinski for an up-and-coming documentary.

“Our lives begin to end the day that we are silent about things that matter.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King.

Sr. Margaret has no plans to become silent. She is “infecting” others everywhere she goes with education and the determination to stand and fight against human trafficking. After all, there’s a lot more to do.