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.
An elderly religious sister who worked for many years at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the papal residence, was at her congregation's house recovering from surgery when she received an unexpected visit from Pope Francis.
Homelessness is an human rights issue, and we urgently need a paradigm shift away from the many abusive attitudes and beliefs that circulate around it. So the sisters of UNANIMA, with various partners, are embarking on a research project to explore the root causes and drivers, challenges, good practices and wider issues surrounding family homelessness.
Given the high number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Siaya in Kenya and the stigma associated with the disease, especially among children, Sr. Mary Nafula of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna and her team have created a welcoming environment for such youth.
GSR Today - Welcome to the third year of our monthly series called The Life. Our 2019-20 panel of 20 sisters from around the world will share their reflections on the unique, challenging lives of Catholic women religious.
The Life – As this feature begins its third year, the panelists tell us how they were led by the Spirit to "the boondocks," behind the former Iron Curtain, on the back of Mother Eagle, and by the people to whom they ministered. In stories of radical openness and encountering Christ, they share what they have learned from ministry and life as a sister.
A Cleveland foundation started by sisters says it's on to a new way to "disrupt the cycle of poverty" by funding leaders with big ideas that still need incubation. Innovation Mission is a pilot project of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, whose roots are in the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. The 18-month-long effort, officially completed in June but with projects that are still emerging, gave $20,000 of seed funding, publicity, structure, creative-thinking workshops and coaching to five people with anti-poverty ideas touching on housing, education, jobs and other aspects.
NCR preview: Pope Francis declared last month that Fr. Augustus Tolton lived a life of virtue; Tolton's cause has joined a number of U.S.-based causes — including that of Sr. Thea Bowman — that deal with racial issues in the country. Postulators see timely significance in the causes of these men and women.
My journey to religious life has had many unique hurdles. I am from an aboriginal tribe called Kurukh and only learned to read and write in sixth grade. We were fortunate to have a government school at the Catholic mission in Hazaribag, 40 kilometers away from our village, but instruction was in Hindi, which I did not speak.
Religious life in the United States and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious are changing. But St. Joseph Sr. Carol Zinn is uniquely prepared to lead an organization facing transformation. "I believe in this life, and I believe it is critical to the furthering of the Gospel," she says, but "the expression of the life is taking on a whole new form."
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