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.
Benedictine Sr. Helen Lange, who turns 105 Sept. 28, is described as someone who leaves an endearing mark on all those she encounters. For 44 years, she taught school in Texas, Louisiana and Florida and she talks about these years with great joy and amazing recall.
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Sr. Meena Barwa of the Handmaids of Mary was the victim of rape 10 years ago during anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal. At a New Delhi conference on migration, she told her story, which she consented to share with GSR.
About 2,000 people from around the world gathered in Strasbourg to honor Blessed Alphonse Marie Eppinger, a 19th-century sister who went out to serve on the peripheries.
See for Yourself - The pennies and nickels drifted by gravity to the bottom of Mom's purse cavern. "Oh, it's OK. The next customer is in a hurry and doesn't want to wait for me to organize my money."
Four months ago, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men quietly sold the Silver Spring, Maryland, building they've co-owned since 1982 and shared with other Catholic organizations.
Srs. Susanne Dziedzic and Johnna Ciezobka opened a community resource center in Kingstree, South Carolina, 26 years ago. The Felician Center has flourished, and today is in the process of transitioning to lay leadership.
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.
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.
Today, people enter religious life after they've earned advanced degrees and accumulated debt. The Labouré Society helped individuals fundraise to pay down their debts and has turned to teaching religious institutions how to eliminate the debt they already have.
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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.
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.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Pennsylvania plan to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether their religious freedom rights are being violated by the construction and pending use of a natural gas pipeline on its land.
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.
Several communities of sisters joined the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in issuing statements in response to the clergy sex abuse crisis.
A new Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will honor Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, who founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first religious community of women of African descent, and opened the first Catholic school in the United States for black children.
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."
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.