Welcome of the heart: Sisters build bonds in collaborative effort to assist immigrants

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.

Flying joyfully with my sisters: key lessons learned in religious life

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.

Ideas incubator brings success to new poverty-disruption programs in Cleveland

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.

Sainthood causes of Thea Bowman and others draw focus to black Catholics, need for justice

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.

Diverse threads of Sr. Carol Zinn's career come together in LCWR executive role

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."