Dan Stockman is national correspondent for Global Sisters Report. He was a reporter at daily newspapers in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana for nearly two decades before joining GSR in 2014.
GSR Today - This story was never supposed to be about Sister Paula and Sister Margaret.
The sisters ministering in a community with generational poverty and some of the most challenging employment and health care statistics in the nation make an important statement about the church and women religious through their presence.
At this year's Resource Center for Religious Institutes gathering Oct. 1-4, nearly every session had a workshop dealing with some aspect of moving toward completion. About 600 participants were registered.
Helmlinger, a Sister of St. Joseph of Orange, California, "sees the collaborative nature and the role of the laity," says Dominican Sisters of Peace associate Conni Dubick, who extended the invitation for the Ohio Pennsylvania Associate Leadership group, or OPAL.