Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary whose courageous words during the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, became a rallying cry for many in the civil rights movement, died Nov. 11 at a retirement community outside St. Louis. She was 93.
"He had a love for people who were poor and suffered too much," says Capuchin Fr. Ron Rieder of fellow Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey, whose assignment as monastery doorkeeper, as well as his capacity to listen, made him accessible to people who needed healing. He will be beatified Nov. 18 in Detroit before an estimated audience of 60,000 people.
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.
Silver Lake College adopted the "earning while learning" method last year, making it the only Catholic work college in the United States. The Wisconsin school, founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in 1885, is in its second year of requiring students to work 10 hours a week as part of the curriculum. The bulk of the students' earnings go toward their tuition.
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.
Downs & West Community Support is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Community Care Australia. It began through the vision and initiative of Charity Sr. Christine Henry. As a woman from the countryside of Queensland, she recognized the need to support farmers struggling to survive the extremes of climate change, which were taking a toll on their livelihoods and families.
See for Yourself - "She's one incredible lady. Why, we all refer to her as the 'Mother Teresa of Real Estate,' on account of the clients and properties she shepherds."
Pope Francis formally recognized the martyrdom of an Italian Consolata sister murdered in Somalia in 2006, Sr. Leonella Sgorbati, who was gunned down, along with her bodyguard, as they left a children's hospital where she worked in Mogadishu in September 2006.
In the slums of Arjona, an hour's drive from Cartagena, Colombia, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate run a dining hall feeds about 130 impoverished children a day. The sisters feed children from 6 months to 15 years old at Centro Social Pastoral Madre Francisca, a kitchen in the barrio of Limonar. Many children there are at risk of joining gangs or falling into prostitution.
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.
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