When you think about women religious, the word "science" may not be the first to spring to mind, but for many if not most Catholic sisters, what has shaped climate study and other scientific disciplines also bolsters their conviction that all life on Earth is interdependent, and that the time to intervene on behalf of a struggling planet is now. Sisters, volunteers and other community associates are traveling to Washington, D.C., for the People's Climate March on April 29 to make that point.
GSR Today - Inspiration, signs of "evolutionary changes," and ideas for living out mercy were found April 18-20 at the National Catholic Educational Association meeting of more than 8,000 teachers, administrators, superintendents, librarians and archivists.
"We want to test the resurrection in our bones. To see if we might live in hope, instead of in the silva oscura, the thicket of cultural despair, nuclear despair, a world of perpetual war. We want to taste the resurrection. May I say we have not been disappointed."
- Fr. Daniel Berrigan, as quoted in Redeem the times! A remembrance of Dan Berrigan, published on NCRonline.orgRead more
See for Yourself - I had a great conversation recently about nuns and those proverbial "good old days" when nuns ruled Catholic schools, and we're all better people today because of that.
Notes from the Field: I've served in Nong Khai for eight months already, so many aspects of Thai culture have become my new normal. But the Thai New Year reminded me how restrictive my comfort zone still is.
Sr. Colette Hamza, a Sister of St. Francis Xavier, lives close to Marseille, France, where a quarter of the population is Muslim. Sister Colette teaches religion to children at a school where the majority of students are Muslim. "Slowly, step by step, we contribute to a better understanding between Muslims and Christians."
Catholic women religious know using the internet to recruit new sisters is effective, and though few have a strategy for exactly how to do that, they're willing to learn, new research shows.
A study released April 18 by A Nun's Life Ministry says most congregations have an online presence — usually a website and a Facebook page — and are eager to further their use of the internet to connect with women discerning a call to religious life.
Adrian Dominican Sr. Nancy Murray knows from decades of theater work that without great writing, a great performer is nothing. She also knows this from the experience of four of her brothers: Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, John Murray and Joel Murray.
Every day, 250 women come to the Fountain of Life Women's Center, run by the Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd Sisters, to gain skills they hope will give them an alternative to earning money in prostitution.
GSR Today - Words matter, and people should know what you mean when you say it to them. But there is confusion about President Donald Trump's stated immigration stance while he was campaigning and policies once he became president.
As part of a worldwide anti-trafficking effort, the Talitha Kum Thailand network holds educational sessions to raises awareness among students about the dangers of trafficking and the false promises used to lure victims in Thailand and other countries.
About 40 Bon Secours Sisters from Peru are on the ground providing health care. While the sisters had previous experience in medical campaigns, being thrown into emergency situations requiring them to "think on their feet and troubleshoot" has been a new experience for them.
GSR Today - As Global Sisters Report marks its third anniversary April 22, our coverage of Catholic sisters reflects their efforts to bring about the world we prayed for during the Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross.
The Dominicans at Lourdes Convent want to convert a corridor of bedrooms into a temporary housing unit for two women who are homeless and their young children. But their lawyer next-door neighbor has taken his objections to City Hall.
GSR Today - Meditating on the daily liturgical readings sometime during Lent, a daydream about Moses and his staff distracted me. He held it out over the Red Sea and got rid of the water. He hit the rock with it and found water. Wow, a magic wand worthy of a Harry Potter story!
At an April 6 conference at the University of Notre Dame, scholars shared observations about the influx of foreign-born sisters coming to minister in the United States, and how it reflects the history of global sisterhood.
Every day, hundreds of people walk up and down the Upper Manhattan block of 97th Street just off of Broadway and pass an inconspicuous brown door. They probably never give it a thought or care. But to knock on that door and be greeted by Sr. Mary Petrosky of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary is to enter a warm, welcoming and comfortable space, one that merges the spirit of a convent with a kind of mini-United Nations.
A series of meetings requested by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights started in Panama this week to address the problem of human rights violations against environmental activists in the country.