Domincan sisters are making use of purification equipment to provide clean water to people who struggle in Vietnam, a place where wells are often polluted or dry. The sisters' water costs less and tastes better than water people can buy elsewhere, and distibuting it allows the sisters a chance to meet people and see what else they may need, such as other basic necessities or day care for their children.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - Given the vow of poverty that sisters take and the particularities of each community, we talk about how to approach gift-giving to women religious in your life.
See for Yourself - It wasn't sitting well with me. I knew that from the moment I hung up the phone. There was something about the interchange that "left money on the table" as my dad used to say.
Mother Theodore Guerin was canonized October 15, 2006, making her Indiana's only saint. Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods began celebrating the 10th anniversary with a special Mass on her October 3 feast day. They planned to recall her arrival in Indiana with another service October 22.
Felician Sr. Celeste Goulet had never met a native person when she first felt called by the Holy Spirit to work with them following a 30-day retreat in 1973. Now she's a pastoral leader among the North Slavey people of Tulita, Northwest Territories, Canada, where she's been ministering since 1979.
This year, the annual SOA Watch protest took place at the border instead of at the school the group has protested for the last 27 years. The group still aims to draw attention to what used to be called the School of the Americas, but the 2016 gathering also focused on increased militarization of the border. "Different issue, but same shame," one protestor said.
Religious life in North America and Europe stands on a precipice of transformation to a new form that no one yet knows, and leaders need to embrace that mystery instead of trying to sustain the past, St. Joseph Sr. Carol Zinn told a gathering of women and men religious Thursday.
The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew now exceeds 1,000 and continues to rise, and the head of the United Nations warned that a "massive response is required" to stave off problems that include hunger and cholera. Dozens of communities of women religious both in and outside Haiti are responding to the massive needs.
When Pope Francis named Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin as one of three U.S. bishops to be elevated to cardinal next month, Catholic sisters around the country rejoiced -- especially the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, Michigan.
GSR Today - I covered the annual assemblies of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, and in 2015 in Houston. This year, I instead covered the Resource Center for Religious Institutes' national conference in southern California.
The Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate manage a school that provides life skills training, a community and job-readyness to 300 people at a time who otherwise were struggling in conventional academic settings or even being kept isolated by their parents because of their mental disabilities.
Catholic sisters are demanding the Vietnamese government address their petitions according to legal procedure regarding what they say is an illegal use of their land.
Restorative justice aims to restore the relationship between offenders and the victims of crime, often in a one-on-one setting. This practice can help heal both parties and the community. A number of programs in Northern California have found success in using this practice to counteract the U.S. justice system's focus on punishment.
Sr. Magdalena Pascual is one of six Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer who does outreach work on La Línea, "The Line," Guatemala City's well-known, notorious red-light district. Seven days a week, nearly 24 hours a day, as many as 250 women or more ranging in age from their early 20s to mid-60s work as prostitutes on a barren, two-block stretch of grim row houses where a weed-covered train track divides the bleak street in half.
For almost 40 years, the United States has had some of the strongest regulations in the world for managing waste storage and disposal, but people are still affected by and dealing with consequences of past actions. In the case of radioactive waste from nuclear weapons development and nuclear power plants, the problems are ongoing.