Sr. Marcia Hall of the Oblate Sisters of Providence talks about why a film highlighting the experiences of young black religious is necessary and the surprising things she's learned as first-time film producer.
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Being assigned to a hill tribe in Mae Jam, Chiang Mai, a northern area of Thailand, changed the life of Sr. Marie Agnes Buasap, a Sister of St. Paul de Chartres. Her congregation has been in Thailand for 120 years and has 22 schools for students from kindergarten to high school.
The Los Angeles-based playwright's latest work with History Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, tells the true story of four biological sisters who all became Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and became celebrated fixtures in the St. Paul-Minneapolis peace community.
"I am a Hmong nun, and I work hard for my people's benefits," says Dominican Sr. Marie Cu Thi Quynh Hoa, who travels hundreds of kilometers by motorbike to work with Hmong villagers in Vietnam's northern mountainous provinces.
Sr. Hellen Lamunu is the project coordinator of Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate Centre for Disadvantaged Children in Gulu, Uganda, which provides shelter, schooling and vocational training for vulnerable children and young people in an area of northern Uganda.Many of those the center assists are former child soldiers, and Lamunu is an advocate for assisting them and trying to reintegrate them into society.
Focus on Human Trafficking - Human trafficking has been on the rise in Brazil. One goal is to keep people who fit the main demographics of trafficking victims — children and women ages 8-29 — from falling into networks of sexual exploitation through prevention in schools.
For many who grew up Catholic and left the church, the influence of the education they received in Catholic school stays with them for their entire lives — for better or worse. Lexa Walsh's show, "Oh, Sister!", is a collection of sculptural vessel-portraits (statues that are also functional jars) of the sisters she remembers, who she says both "taught and tormented" her.
GSR spoke with Sr. Noelina Nakato, who recently won the 2019 World Championship in Theology (Ecumenism). The award recognized Nakato's research work on ecumenism, which is considered "a breakthrough in the field."
Sr. Samantha Kuruppuarachchi is the only Catholic nun who was directly affected by the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. She lost her sister, Wales Indira Kuruppuarachchi, and her sister's husband, Sanath Rohan Fernando, in the April 21 blasts at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, and her community has given her a year's leave of absence to help care for her niece and two nephews.
Started in June 2018, the Sowing Hope for the Planet campaign challenged congregations to find ways, both personally and in their communities, to implement the message of the pope's encyclical Laudato Si'. Leading the effort has been Sr. Sheila Kinsey, a member of the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and executive co-secretary for UISG's Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission.
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