Including everyone: How sisters go to 'ends of the earth' to share Jesus

The Life - Living among people who are poor, living an exemplary life that speaks louder than words, recognizing Christ in others, incarnating God's tenderness, love, mercy and justice for all they meet, realizing that the people they serve are their salvation — these are the ways in which sisters fit into the "great commission" of Jesus in Matthew 28: to make disciples of all nations.

Faith-based groups address migration issues in Asia-Pacific region

Issues surrounding labor migration — such as the rights of migrant workers, high fees on wired remittances, and inconsistent policies across nations — were the focus of a recent three-day conference, "Migrant Workers: An Asian-Pacific Experience." The gathering in New Delhi drew 161 participants, mostly religious, from across Asia.

In India, Catholic ascetic nun helps Hindus understand religion of Jesus' Gospel

Sr. Prasanna Devi shares Christian blessings with the thousands who have been drawn to her over the years. The Catholic hermit, who has lived among lions, panthers and other wild animals deep inside a forest in western India for 40 years, returned to human society four years ago, at the request of the local bishop. Devi does not belong to a particular religious order but chose the contemplative path of an ascetic, devoting her life to God. She is believed to be the only female member of the Syro-Malabar Church to choose such a life.

Clinic offers affordable medical care, programs that assist women, families

In a part of Guatemala City that lacks public health amenities, Sr. Sarah Mulligan runs a clinic where locals of all income levels can get affordable, quality medical care. Clínica Daniel Comboni offers several programs to meet locals' needs; some services empower local women, while others supplement children's education and nutrition.

Global service day honors saint who helped make Sacred Heart order international

Two hundred years ago this month, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne opened the first Society of the Sacred Heart school outside of Europe. To celebrate, the international order, now in 41 countries, is hosting a Global Day of Service for sisters, associates, employees, volunteers and students to take on dozens of service projects.

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, provide calm and reconstruction after the storms

Sr. Luke Boiarski is director of the disaster recovery team for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, which uses sisters, associates and lay volunteers to aid those in need, whether they are nearby (West Point is about 35 miles from the congregation's motherhouse in Nazareth) or as far away as Belize, where they have made several trips to help build houses.

Investing in social enterprises, sisters promote systemic change

Supporting themselves through impact investing, sisters use funds to promote social changes like reducing reliance on fossil fuels, creating opportunities for employment training,  and bringing fresh groceries to former "food deserts." Putting money directly into startup companies or organizations that create a positive social or environmental impact along with financial returns as they grow is a newer way that more Canadian religious communities have found to help people while generating operating and retirement income. "We don't just do this because it's a good thing to do," Ursuline Sr. Theresa Mahoney said. "It is that, but it's also good for us. It brings us financing we need, and it gives us joy."

Social justice Catholic group's letter objects to Kavanaugh nomination

A Sept. 4 letter signed by more than 1,500 Catholic nuns, priests and other church leaders from around the country addressed to U.S. senators voiced concerns about Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a fellow Catholic, as he faced confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in early September that may result in a seat for him on the Supreme Court of the United States.