Meeting people's need for clean water changes sisters' lives, too

The Sister Water Project is just one of dozens of sister-led efforts to bring clean drinking water to those without. But project committee member Sr. Judy Sinnwell said the venture has been as much about changing those involved as it is about changing the lives of those given fresh water. "When we set out to do this, we were thinking of what would happen out there as we met a need," Sinnwell said. "But what happened in the congregation was it impacted all of us."

Q & A with Sr. Thelma Marie Mitchell, Tubman Award recipient

When Sr. Thelma Marie Mitchell received an award from the National Black Sisters' Conference last summer, her acceptance speech was only 13 words long. But her reticence belies her remarkable story of converting to Catholicism, becoming one of the few African-American sisters in the 1950s and caring for countless people in hospitals and clinics.