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.
The Catholic social justice lobby Network has collected nearly 1,000 letters from women religious to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, urging him to adopt a "fair and moral" federal budget.
When Benedictine Sr. Kathleen Cogan began writing short stories about growing up on her family's Colorado ranch, she just wanted to give herself something to do while she recovered from a 2014 stroke. Her new hobby culminated in a time capsule for her family that became a published book.
Villa Maria is a transition home for women without children who are either homeless, fleeing abusive relationships, or recently released from prison or jail. The staff, led by Loretto Sr. Mary Margaret Murphy, provides women with resources as they help pave their path to recovery.
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.
Indian Sr. Leema Rose heads the Catholic Health Training Institute in Wau, South Sudan. She spoke to GSR about keeping the institution going and dealing with clan division in the midst of a four-year civil war.
Never would I have expected my Presentation community to ask me to be a registered lobbyist at our South Dakota State Legislature! Our foundress, Nano Nagle, said, "If I could be of service in saving souls in any part of the globe, I would willingly do all in my power." But to the state legislature?
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.
We are challenged to raise our consciousness to a level where we will avoid repeating the mistakes of the past in our care and protection of children. The way forward is contrary to our natural instinct and how we have responded in the past.
Mother Cabrini is still alive and well in New York City. On Oct. 20, 2017, the corner of 19th Street and 3rd Avenue was co-named "Mother Cabrini Way" through the efforts of City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and the approval of the City Council and Department of Transportation.
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