Amman, Jordan - A nurse from Sri Lanka, Salvatorian Sr. Theresa Perera spends weekdays helping migrant workers obtain the health care they need with Caritas Jordan and weekends planning gatherings and outings to ensure they have a bit of fun amid their busy work schedule.
Sr. Aisha Kavalakatt of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth started organizing women's empowerment groups in the village of Koshi Dekha, Nepal, in 2014. When the 7.8-magnitude earthquake April 25, 2015, leveled hundreds of villages and killed about 9,000 people in the small mountainous country, she pushed through blocked roads and returned to the village of 1,700 people five days later to help with recovery. She says she won't be needed soon, expecting Koshi Dekha to be self-sufficient by 2020.
Ferguson "led us through an incredibly exciting, painful, liberating, and tumultuous time with great love, enduring faith, inspiration, and a joyful spirit," said Sr. Patricia Siemen, the congregation's current prioress.
"We have to welcome the stranger, we have to welcome the migrants and welcome the refugees who are fleeing from such harrowing conditions in their own lands and also to care for our victims of domestic violence and the modern-day slavery of human trafficking."
Following decades of repression, the Catholic Church in Cuba has been slowly rebuilding in the last 20 years. Through work by the sisters and other programs, the church extends its reach beyond parishes and strengthens ties with donors, often Cuban exiles in the U.S. and elsewhere. Care is taken to not draw too much attention from government officials lest there be repercussions from a government that discourages publicity on how the church or organizations step in where the state falls short.
Immigration officers arrested Sr. Patricia Fox, Philippine superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, at her convent in Quezon City April 16. The prosecutor in charge "found no probable cause" for her arrest and ordered the nun's "release for further investigation."
Few Catholic sisters have claimed the media spotlight recently quite like Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team. Global Sisters Report is talking to her after all of that about her role for the team and for all the students at Loyola.
"The hostel aims to give opportunities for ethnic students to study well at schools in the city," said Sr. Mary Nguyen Thi Thuan, head of the hostel, which is run by Mary Queen of Peace sisters in Buon Ma Thuot City. St. Teresa Hostel provides free accommodation, food, health care and education to first- through 12th-graders from remote villages in Vietnam's Central Highlands.
At an event to draw attention to the work of Catholic sisters in the world's most dangerous regions, Sr. Patricia Murray, executive director of the International Union of Superiors General, said women religious are "radically committed to incarnating the Gospel here and now, living the beatitudes and bringing the love of God to ever-new frontiers."
Visual Essay, Easter in Yen Bai Province - Holy Week took on particular significance for Lovers of the Holy Cross sisters who helped prepare Hmong ethnic villagers in the mountainous province of Yen Bai in northwestern Vietnam celebrate the holiest time of the year for the first time in decades.
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