Sometimes I need to be reminded that, current political debacles aside, the whole world isn't going to hell in a hand basket. What we do (and usually take for granted) is a powerful witness for what sisters are all about.
The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters' clinic in Kwesi Fante isn't just far from Ghana's capital, Accra, it's far from everywhere. With limited resources, three sisters and their staff serve about 1,000 people each month. The clinic was established as part of the congregation's mission to "continue the healing ministry of Christ," says Sr. Mary Nkrumah, the clinic's administrator. Initially, sisters from Germany and the U.S. had come as missionaries to Ghana in 1946 and years later sought isolated areas to care for those far from established medical care.
Notes from the Field - There is a Haitian proverb that translates to "Follow your heart," and this island and its people provide plenty of opportunities to do just that in a manner that is true to self and remembers where you came from and what shaped you.
Sr. Jeanne Christensen travels throughout the Midwest to talk to students, parents, church groups and legislators about human trafficking in the U.S. She spoke with GSR about the role sisters can play in anti-trafficking work.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe is perhaps Uganda's most famous sister, a status she uses to raise issues that no one else can, in forums sisters don't usually reach. "If you look at me, Sister Rosemary, you have to know there are many more Sister Rosemarys who are working in many places."
Q & A with Srs. Agnes Nguyen Thi Tam and Anna Dau Thi Nhung, protecting church properties from government confiscation
Sr. Agnes Nguyen Thi Tam and Sr. Anna Dau Thi Nhung served successively as superiors general of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Vinh. They spoke with GSR and shared highlights of the congregation's history, which includes surviving a U.S. air attack and developing farming techniques to overcome extreme poverty.
The Life: This month, the panelists consider the unique charisms of their particular congregations and discuss how their individual ministries reflect that charism. They addressed this question: How does your personal ministry reflect your congregation's charism?
A dispute between an order of nuns and an American priest over control of two major hospitals for people who live in poverty has ended with the nuns storming one of the hospitals.
Members-turned-facilitators spread the self-help groups, which guide women to gain self-confidence, financial independence and friendships. The program is part of a network of ministries run by the Oblates of Notre Dame Sisters and their Hesed Foundation in Mindanao.
Daughter of Wisdom Sr. Jean Quinn is executive director of UNANIMA International, a United Nations-based coalition that brings the years of experience of 22 Catholic congregations to speak to the concerns of women, children, migrants and the environment.
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