Sr. Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, sees hundreds of migrants daily at her center, often their first stop after being released from border authorities. Pimentel and her staff welcome them and help prepare them for their rest of their journey. For her work, she received LCWR's Outstanding Leadership Award on Aug. 16.
Four Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist in the Nogales community run the Aid Center for Migrants, part of a congregation of about 60 sisters, living in 11 communities in Mexico. A 10-minute walk from the Mariposa Border Crossing, the center serves more than 100 people a day. Every day the sisters minister to people who have encountered stressful situations. To handle this, the sisters rely on prayer and their community life, as well as days off for personal chores, time and renewal.
Concealed behind tall brick walls and strong iron gates in a struggling Memphis neighborhood, nuns have been quietly praying for the city and its people since 1932.
Drawing from her own battle with major depressive disorder, Cenacle Sr. Maria Cecilia "Cecille" Tuble now advocates for greater mental health awareness and help for people who are depressed and suicidal.
After serving five years in leadership for my congregation, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in Philadelphia, I wanted a ministry experience in an underserved area, helping in whatever way I could. In March, I traveled to Ghana, West Africa, expecting to find God. I was not disappointed.
The mass shootings in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio, have prompted women religious across the country to demand specific action to curb gun violence.
LCWR 2019 - As a Sister of St. Joseph of Orange, "I love to connect people to our mission," Sr. Jayne Helmlinger says. Colleagues say her experience leading a community of increasing diversity will serve her well in a national role with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Loreto Sr. Teresia Wamuyu Wachira of Kenya and French Bishop Marc Stenger have been elected to the shared leadership of the global Catholic peace organization Pax Christi International.
Mercy Sr. Lillian Murphy, a longtime champion of affordable housing in the United States, is being remembered both for her leadership of Mercy Housing Inc. and her passionate belief that housing is a human right and a matter of justice.
About 20 sisters from 16 congregations in the San Antonio Archdiocese are serving as part of an interfaith collaboration to minister to the surge of immigrants who are seeking safety in the United States. Sisters are building relationships with both the border crossers that they assist as well as those in authority.
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