Sr. Thea Bowman takes step further toward canonization with bishops' vote

The trailblazing African-American sister was the first black member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the first black woman to address the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and an inspiration to thousands of people with her words and songs. Now, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has endorsed Sr. Thea Bowman's sainthood cause, which is being undertaken by her home Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.

'Contemplative but active': Monastery channels charism into civic action

Benedictine sisters, discerning about their future, chose to build a monastery on the outskirts of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Today, the Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery combine monastic community with an active role in civic life. They advocate against human trafficking and promote education, planting Benedictine values in Colorado's second largest city.

Poor Handmaids' foundress called model of living out love of God, neighbor

For the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the canonization of their foundress, also known as Mother Mary Catherine Kasper, is a confirmation of what they knew and believed. Their gratitude stemmed from the universal church recognizing God's goodness as manifested in her and sharing Kasper with the world.

In Appalachia and Wisconsin, two approaches to the opioid crisis

In the gritty depths of the strip-mining South and in a university town in the Midwest, two Catholic sisters are working to create a future in which opioid addicts have options beyond the next fix. They don't know each other — but, from the way their friends and coworkers describe them, they share one strikingly similar trait: They don't give up easy. 

In India, Missionaries of Charity will again offer children for adoption

The Missionaries of Charity congregation has agreed to resume its service of offering children for adoption. The congregation founded by St. Teresa of Kolkata, commonly known as Mother Teresa, had discontinued giving babies from their orphanages for adoption in October 2015 after disagreeing with a new federal law that allowed single and divorced woman to adopt children.