Mumbai, India - With the help of volunteers from Our Lady of Health Parish, Minor Carmelites of Charity sisters manage the Marian House of Charity, which serves 29 residents with mental and physical disabilities in the suburb of Versova. "Our children are abandoned by relatives who found it difficult to take care of them. We give them a home and treat them as part of our family."
From A Nun's Life podcasts - In this Random Nun Clip, Sister Maxine and her guests talk about how faith helps us in the ups and downs of life.
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Notes from the Field - As full-time volunteers, we are going to struggle to define what we need, what success or failure looks like, to define when we are overindulging in self-care.
Sr. Jean Bellini of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, New York, has lived in Brazil since 1976. She is one of the three coordinators of the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (Pastoral Land Commission), a Catholic organization that supports peasants and landless people. She works in the state of Pará in the Brazilian portion of the Amazon basin.
Global Sisters Report is 5 years old! To celebrate our anniversary, we've selected 25 of our most memorable stories, blogs and columns into a slideshow. We're mindful that each one reflects the decision by women to answer God's call in a particular way, to live as Catholic women religious in a prayer life, a shared life and a vowed life.
Would the world be a better place if women had more say about the global economy? It's a question posed regularly when sisters and representatives of nongovernmental organizations gather at the United Nations and discuss how best to tackle the challenges of global poverty and gender inequality, such as during the recent meetings of U.N.'s Commission for Social Development and Commission on the Status of Women.
Recalling Jesus' death on the cross, Pope Francis led thousands on Good Friday in reflecting on the crosses of loneliness, fear and betrayal that crucify countless men, women and children in the world. In the annual Way of the Cross in Rome's Colosseum April 19, the meditation for each station reflected the suffering and pain of people exploited and marginalized.
The sisters of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Los Angeles carry on the spirit of founder Bishop de la Motte, who began the congregation in Vietnam some 350 years ago. Today, their California ministries focus on helping the poor and suffering, especially women and children, and faith formation in areas that include some of the largest concentrations of Vietnamese and Hispanic populations in the U.S.
Maryknoll Sr. Teresa Dagdag has gained "insights into the life's struggles of working women who have to work long hours to make ends meet. Often, they are not able to continue with their schooling. These instances are too many all over the world. They demonstrate the systemic injustice of our socioeconomic experiences and developed in me a passion to work for justice, peace and integrity of creation, for well-being and wholeness of members of the one Earth community."
Notes from the Field - My favorite work at Missouri Health Care for All is collecting stories. I interview people, draft their stories, and then post them online. The stories can further expose the human impact of our health care crisis.
The outrage sparked by the program "Abused Sisters: The Other Scandal of the Church" on the Franco-German public television channel ARTE, which aired in early March, has led many French Catholics to raise their voices to call for new measures to make sure these crimes do not happen again.
Chillán, Chile - Founded by Ursuline Sr. Mimi Ballard and seven Chilean women, Casa Ursulina today has roughly 200 participants and about 15 programs, including baking, embroidery, belly-dancing and visiting the sick. But the real help the women get is deeper than their acquired skills. Local psychologists and social workers prescribe joining Casa Ursulina to depressed patients, and women find mutual listening they otherwise lack in their homes.
The commission investigating the historic treatment of unmarried mothers and their children in religious-run care homes in Ireland has dismissed claims that an underground burial plot was in fact a sewage tank.
After close to 50 low-profile years working among rural people who live in poverty, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines now faces the Duterte government's accusations that the organization aids communist rebels and engages in trafficking tribal children.
GSR recently held a discussion with Sr. Carmen Sammut, president of UISG; Sr. Pat Murray, executive director of UISG; Sr. Sharlet Wagner, president of the LCWR; and Sr. Carol Zinn, executive director of LCWR, about abuse of sisters, the role of women in the church, interreligious dialogue and work at the margins.
Simply Spirit: Some pretty amazing, 21st century women and men joined me on a pilgrimage in cherishing these oft-hidden women whose tomb motifs depict them in authoritative ecclesial postures, teaching and preaching the good news of Jesus Christ.
Sr. Ruth Schönenberger spoke with GSR about gender equality in the Catholic Church. Regarding women's ordination, Schönenberger said, "I do not understand the reasons against it. I am surprised that the presence of Christ is reduced to being a man."
The hallmark of Sr. Mary Ellen Merrick's ministry was the way she infused it with spirituality and strong leadership. "I can honestly say that I have learned more from her than any other supervisor in my clinical career," said a member of Merrick's clinical team at Guest House.
Notes from the Field - I have to recognize each time I ride in a private car or eat at an agency luncheon that this is part of my work. Mentally rebuffing them brings me no closer to realizing what it truly means to live in service of others.