Silver Lake College adopted the "earning while learning" method last year, making it the only Catholic work college in the United States. The Wisconsin school, founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in 1885, is in its second year of requiring students to work 10 hours a week as part of the curriculum. The bulk of the students' earnings go toward their tuition.
See for Yourself - Giving thanks for the people in our lives as they come and go, when we have no control over it but can benefit either way. It depends on your perspective.
Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary whose courageous words during the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, became a rallying cry for many in the civil rights movement, died Nov. 11 at a retirement community outside St. Louis. She was 93.
Sr. Kathleen Schipani launched an app that teaches the American Sign Language for words commonly used in Christian life. She spoke with Global Sisters Report about why the app was necessary.
Religious congregations from all over the world gathered in Chicago to explore how to overcome unconscious biases permeating their orders, during a conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life. Speakers cautioned that interculturality, how those from different cultures relate to one another, may be an existential matter for religious life.
Notes from the Field - The Día de los Muertos celebrations I experienced at Beatitude House touched me deeply, especially given the recent passing of a wonderful person I met at the Dorothy Day House in Youngstown.
Ankur is a home for girls in need, situated on Mira Road in a suburb of Mumbai, India's commercial capital and managed by members of the Spanish Sisters of Charity of St. Anne. Gita Patel and Kalpana Dhile are among hundreds of young women the home has educated to lead a better life over the past 20 years. "We were here for 12 years," said Patel, who left home a few years ago after completing 10th grade. Patel thanks Sr. Primitiva Vela, the home's founder, for "picking me up from the slums and giving me a new life."
Known as the "cycle sister," Sr. Sebastina Tigga uses a bicycle to visit over 100 forest villages in Jhabua, India. In the remote villages, she identifies malnourished children and offers them lifesaving medicine and nutritional food.
GSR Today - The U.N. began marking Oct. 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 1992. It is not lost on anyone what the price of poverty exacts on people's lives. According to the U.N., close to 800 million live in extreme poverty, and isolation and loneliness are part of that experience.
In the slums of Arjona, an hour's drive from Cartagena, Colombia, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate run a dining hall feeds about 130 impoverished children a day. The sisters feed children from 6 months to 15 years old at Centro Social Pastoral Madre Francisca, a kitchen in the barrio of Limonar. Many children there are at risk of joining gangs or falling into prostitution.
See for Yourself - "She's one incredible lady. Why, we all refer to her as the 'Mother Teresa of Real Estate,' on account of the clients and properties she shepherds."
School Sister of Notre Dame Kieran Sawyer has been involved in sex education since the 1970s, first as a teacher creating and sharing her popular lesson plans then writing programs for other teachers and catechists.
Church leaders say the Nov. 4 beatification of martyred Sr. Rani Maria, who recognized "the face of the suffering Christ in the poor and afflicted," will help evangelization in India, where preaching Christ's message has become increasingly difficult.
The U.S. Court of Appeals ordered Nov. 6 a temporary stop to construction of the fossil fuel pipeline being built, in part, on land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
Pope Francis formally recognized the martyrdom of an Italian Consolata sister murdered in Somalia in 2006, Sr. Leonella Sgorbati, who was gunned down, along with her bodyguard, as they left a children's hospital where she worked in Mogadishu in September 2006.
Political and cultural winds seem to be blowing against them during the Trump presidency. But participants in the most recent "Nuns on the Bus" cross-country odyssey have chosen prayer over panic, hope over fear as they reflect on the people they met on the 2016 tour.
For many women in the United States, Election Day 2016 was a crisis. Almost immediately, women began talking, planning and organizing on Facebook and other social media platforms. It became a movement so widespread that on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, millions of women took to the streets for what would become the largest single-day protest in the nation's history: the Women's March.
• Part of NCR's "A Nation Under Trump" election anniversary series.
More than a year after Pope Francis issued new guidelines for contemplative women religious, leaders of those communities are still working to figure out what changes will be required. Benedictine Sr. Nancy Bauer told attendees at the Resource Center for Religious Institutes' National Conference Nov. 1 the new norms will not take effect until the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life delivers instructions on how to implement them.
After seeing "Novitiate," I told the publicists it was bold, provocative and artistic, and it is. There is much in the film that has the ring of truth and a past reality. It is highly watchable. The scene that derailed me early on, however, was that a non-baptized person would be accepted into the postulancy like everyone else with no reference to baptism or the sacraments.