The fight by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ against the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline went to an appeals court Jan. 19 as their attorneys argued that the Eastern District of Pennsylvania inappropriately dismissed their religious freedom challenge for a lack of jurisdiction.
President Donald Trump's first year in office has left Catholic sisters worried and dismayed about the administration's go-it-alone, "America First" foreign policy. The frustration is particularly acute among the sisters who represent their congregations at the United Nations.
From Where I Stand Preview: President Donald Trump's insult of black countries touches our integrity as a nation. I believe that if we do not as a people say "Enough!" now, we will regret it for years.
Finding work in remote areas of Vietnam is still a problem for young people, especially since they come from large families and lack access to advanced formal education. For the past 12 years, sisters in the Ba Ria Vung Tau Province have been training young ethnic women about the dangers of accepting job offers that disguise human trafficking and other exploitation, instead giving them vocational skills they can use to find legitimate work as trained housemaids, for example. One graduate, Pham Thi Tham, said, "I am proud of my job that helps change my life."
Sr. Donna Liette is on staff at the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood. Founded in 2002, the ministry works with youth and mothers who live amid gangs, violence, drugs and racial division.
Notes from the Field – I participated in four encounters held by the Union of Religious of the Holy Land. We analyzed a Vatican letter on the relationship between the church's hierarchial and charismatic gifts. Women and men religious from throughout the region shared their experience with the hierarchy, and discussed diversity and inclusion.
Forty sisters in India from different congregations are working to make the Catholic faith more accessible to people who are deaf or have partial hearing loss, including using sign language during Mass. They serve in the Syro-Malabar Church, one of three Catholic rites in India; its synod approved offering Mass in sign language last year. They also provide marriage counseling, interpretation and legal advocacy to the wider deaf community.
GSR Today - As I marvel at the remastered "Sgt. Peppers," I realize how it is only when I allow God to start from the beginning, to rebuild me from the ground up using the original parts made in his image, that others can experience me as God intended.
An interfaith retreat center run by the Immaculate Heart Community is among the estimated 1,000 structures either destroyed or damaged last week by mudslides in Southern California that also killed at least 20 people. The center's original stone house was untouched, however.
Sr. Boitumelo Albertina Matlhabe has spent most of her life at St. Joseph's College High School in Gaborone, Botswana. The Sister of Calvary graduated from St. Joseph's in 1979, and she's been teaching there since 1985. In 2005, she became the school's managing director. She spoke with GSR about the realities of running a school that is partially funded by the government.
GSR Today - The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a crisis; sisters are doing what they can to help save people, especially orphans, amid the burning of villages, brutalization and rape of women, militias' conscription of children, and the targeting of Catholic convents, schools and clinics.
Appreciation - Advocate for the marginalized, well-known health care lobbyist on Capitol Hill, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious during heightened scrutiny of religious life, a "center of power," Sr. Catherine Pinkerton modeled how to stand on the line of "what is and what is yet to be" in justice and care of people.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame, following the Gospel call to welcome the stranger, have welcomed Manal Mohammad Alazzam and her five children, letting the refugee family stay in a vacant house on their campus in Wilton, Connecticut. The sisters are partnering with the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee to support the family, with over 100 volunteers pitching in.
A look into what happened in the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania, in 1960: a story of racially motivated rejection, the pain that followed, and an eventual present-day apology to Patricia Grey.
GSR Today: In the Philippines, the Religious of Mary Immaculate run a hostel and training center for house helpers — young girls whose parents send them from small islands to cities to earn money for their families.
As Pope Francis reminds the world to pray for peace on Jan. 1, Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe hopes the message of the women of northern Uganda will reach forgotten corners of the world where conflicts are just beginning to fade and wounds are still fresh. Nyirumbe is overseeing the creation of the Transformative Peace Education curriculum, part of a partnership with the University of Oklahoma that gives survivors, not academics, responsibility for designing the program.