Ministry

Wall honors sisters among modern heroes who helped restore justice in Philippines

Remembered in a special way on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, are 298 persons who fought and suffered in the Philippines, including many who gave their lives, to end the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and martial rule that lasted 14 years. Their names are etched on the black granite Wall of Remembrance of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Monument for Heroes) in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Candles are lit, flowers are offered by relatives and friends and activities or programs are often held on this day.

High-end healing hotel in Quebec carries legacy of Augustinian Sisters

In the old part of Quebec City, Le Monastère de Augustines, built in 1644, rebuilt in 1757 and renovated 2013-2015 is a living museum and how the Augustinian Sisters continue their charism of hospitality and ministry to those who need healing. It's a place where people visiting the Hotel Dieu hospital can stay for a minimal cost or where people looking for a special health- and spirituality-focused retreat can pay market rate for unique monastic (yet modern) accomodations, wholesome meals and classes and treatments like yoga and herbalism. "We didn't just want it to be the museum in the past — 'This is what the sisters did' — but 'This is what we do.' This is how we live," says Augustinian Sr. Sarah McDonald.

The struggles and joy of a new mission site

Notes from the Field - I was on mission in Jordan for about four months. On Sept. 5, I took a bus to the Salesian Sisters' house in Nazareth, my next mission site. I have heard great things about the sisters' community in Nazareth and, although I was going to miss all the wonderful people I met in Jordan, I was excited about this new mission, which is completely different than the one I had before.