"We have a president-elect who doesn't have a basic understanding of the role the environment plays in sustaining all of life," says Adrian Dominican Sr. Pat Siemen. Her community and others are prepared to mobilize their women religious to resist.
About 125 groups in 25 states and several foreign countries participated Jan. 15 in an international event centered on gathering together, holding hands and meditating on love and peace.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."Read more
Notes from the Field: After spending five and a half months teaching English to young adults at a technical/vocational school in Dilla, Ethiopia, it was time to make the trip north to Geneva to begin the second part of my volunteer mission.
Simple moments of connection and the support of life in a strong Catholic community during the volunteer experience have proven influential for former volunteers who moved on to pursuing a vocation with a religious order.
Thinking about the experience of sharing my life with immigrant children in detention in the United States deeply touches my heart. My time with them was short, only three years, but very profound. Through them, God gave me so much, changed me so much.
In the 25 years that Sister of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate Juanita Ujcik worked in jail ministry, she says she learned a lot about what she believes is complicated system. That's why, in October, she published Let None Walk Alone, a guidebook for the family and friends of incarcerated people.
GSR Today - It may be hard to believe, but the crisis caused by Boko Haram in Africa is getting worse. The Islamic extremists' terrorism and the fighting have destroyed livestock and food stores, brought the economy to a halt and forced millions to flee.
Along Midwestern highways and interstates, with their hundreds of truck stops and rest stops, hubs for sex trafficking thrive. Sisters throughout the region are educating people to recognize the signs of victimization and are helping survivors recover.
Travelers have the chance to help rescue sex-trafficking victims via the TraffickCam app, which is creating a database of hotel room photos. It's a project of Exchange Initiative, which came into being after meeting planner Kimberly Ritter crossed paths with the Sisters of St. Joseph.
From A Nun's Life podcast - A listener wonders whether she needs a certificate or other credentials to know whether or not she is truly Catholic.
In a place where frustrations are many, "you really have to change your expectations," says Charity Sr. Dianne Moore. "We are not going to change Haiti or 'fix' Haiti. You just do your best and help Haitians access their own internal resources."
GSR Today - From Syria to Central America to the Pacific Islands, the forces of war, economics and nature carry the global refugee crisis into 2017 as relief workers, the United Nations and religious deal with this "new normal."
See for Yourself - I was beginning to wonder if anyone purchased replacement watch batteries anymore. It took me stopping at three stores and patrolling around the jewelry cases to find what I was looking for.
Notes from the Field: My year with Franciscan Mission Service gave me gifts of simplicity. Adding simple prayers to my day strengthened my connection to God, and backing off social media was incredibly freeing.
GSR Today - It's that time of year when our New Year's resolutions are being given up on. And if you're like me, you feel guilty about it. Actually, my guilt starts long before — when I'm making the resolutions in the first place, because then I'm reminded of what a failure I've been over the last year.
As many organizations focus on empowering and educating girls, the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi argue that boys are getting left behind. They're dedicating their center to rescuing boys from the streets. (This story includes a video.)