Lovers of the Holy Cross sisters draw from Vietnam roots as they serve in LA

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.

Casa Ursulina is grounded in friendship and solidarity among women

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.

UISG, LCWR leaders discuss clergy sex abuse, and the credibility of religious life

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.

Farmers benefit from organic farming initiated by sisters

Sisters in Vietnam counteract the country's massive use of pesticides and herbicides by educating farmers about health risks. Sisters from different congregations teach farmer groups and parishes how to grow organic food such as vegetables, fruits and beans. The tactics keep local farmers running a sustainable livelihood, while providing more organic crops for communities, and decreasing the amount of pesticides used in the region.

Cyclone Idai relief underway with help of sisters in Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Dozens of women religious are helping vulnerable families affected by Cyclone Idai, which swept through parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in mid-March. The devastation is worse than initially assessed, according to humanitarian aid agencies. At least 750 people have died, thousands have been displaced, nearly 2 million affected. "We are providing food rations to one hundred families with an average of six people per family every month starting now in order to alleviate hunger," said Sr. Marceline Mudambo of the Carmelite Nuns, working in eastern Zimbabwe.