Sr. Kathleen Schipani launched an app that teaches the American Sign Language for words commonly used in Christian life. She spoke with Global Sisters Report about why the app was necessary.
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Known as the "cycle sister," Sr. Sebastina Tigga uses a bicycle to visit over 100 forest villages in Jhabua, India. In the remote villages, she identifies malnourished children and offers them lifesaving medicine and nutritional food.
School Sister of Notre Dame Kieran Sawyer has been involved in sex education since the 1970s, first as a teacher creating and sharing her popular lesson plans then writing programs for other teachers and catechists.
After a year of consultations with sisters in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi, Catherine Sexton is delving into the research project that will ask sisters in Africa: What is the essence of religious life? "We want to hear sisters' theology, and also we want sisters to hear themselves talking about theology."
A native of Chad, St. Joseph Sr. Jeannette Londadjim was forced to flee her homeland with her family because of the bloody civil war that broke out in the mid-1960s. Her work has taken her throughout Africa, educating young people, working with migrants and refugees, and helping bishops' conferences deal with issues of development, the environment and racism.
Sr. Joan Dawber is the founder and executive director of LifeWay Network, an organization in the New York City metropolitan area that provides secure housing for survivors of both labor and sex trafficking. She spoke to GSR about the importance of community living in LifeWay Network's work.
Good Shepherd Sr. Monique Tarabeh's visit home in July and August was gut-wrenching. Tarabeh grew up in Damascus, Syria, and her family still lives there despite the ongoing civil war that started in 2011. The conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions to flee to safety in other nations.
As general superior, Sr. Mary Ho Thi Quy is challenged to provide basic needs for more than 1,100 members of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Vinh, Vietnam. "Five sisters in one community share a bed," she notes. But the sisters "love and support one another" as they serve the people of Vinh Diocese.
Sr. Thresiamma Mathew is a women's rights activist and an advocate of gender equality. She has helped some 2,500 women from economically poor families to become professional masons when it was unthinkable to employ female masons in her home state of Kerala, southern India.
A mother of two and grandmother of four, St. Joseph Sr. Suzanne Herder had a winding journey in religious life before she recently was elected to the St. Paul Province of St. Joseph of Carondelet's leadership team.
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