In the gritty depths of the strip-mining South and in a university town in the Midwest, two Catholic sisters are working to create a future in which opioid addicts have options beyond the next fix. They don't know each other — but, from the way their friends and coworkers describe them, they share one strikingly similar trait: They don't give up easy.
For more than three decades, the subterranean level of Trinity United Methodist Church in Berkeley, California, is the place the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant has called home. Its simple red door at the bottom of a stairway has been the gateway to safe and secure passage into the United States for thousands of immigrants and refugees. Despite its rundown environs, Franciscan Sr. Maureen Duignan, the organization's executive director, is deeply worried the program may soon lose this space.
After six months of uncertainty, Australian Sr. Patricia Fox of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion continues to face a wall, but is pursuing her appeal to stay in the Philippines on a missionary visa.
As I age and my role changes, I strive to remember that my influence remains. I may not be able to "do" what I used to do, but I can always be kind, understanding, loving and respectful of all living creatures and our hurting planet.
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sr. Anna Ngo Thi Phuc provides free medical treatment to leprosy patients at a state-run hospital in south-central Vietnam. Many patients live in poverty, abandoned by relatives. Phuc visits them daily, tends to their wounds and listens to their feelings. She spoke to GSR about her ministry.
After the fatal shooting of unarmed black man Sam DuBose, Cincinnati didn't erupt with protests. But it would be a mistake to think the city's activists have forgotten him. Or that they haven't been busy.
In Conversation - Pat Marrin talks about Óscar Romero's legacy and his connection to Pope Paul VI. GSR national correspondent Dan Stockman shares the story of Catherine Kasper, founder of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, and others to be canonized Oct. 14.
The Sisters of Charity of Quebec said they were "surprised" and "troubled" by allegations that children who once stayed at the Mont d'Youville orphanage in Quebec City were sexually abused not only by lay educators but also by nuns.
Nuns on the Bus Blog - Sisters report from their visit to the office of Rep. Mimi Walters and rally in Irvine, California, and their roundtable with Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and town hall in Las Vegas.
The initiative, which includes housing for refugee women and children, is the result of cooperation between Cabrini sisters, Scalabrini sisters, various Vatican offices, the International Union of Superiors General, and the Italian bishops' conference.
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