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.
On any given night in the United States, 41,000 unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 are without a home. And on all of those nights, Catholic women religious are working to shelter them, feed them, and protect them.
Sisters in health care, advocacy and immigration respond to expanding needs of coronavirus situation
COVID-19, the infection caused by the new coronavirus sweeping the planet, is causing chaos, but Catholic women religious and the organizations they created or run are at the forefront of efforts to mitigate that and provide care.
"It's an endless call," said Sr. Deborah Borneman, director of mission integration for the National Religious Vocation Conference. She said a significant finding of the 2020 study was what new entrants did not care about: the size or geographic location of the community they were entering or the age of current members.
"We have all these symbols of separation to represent our life of prayer, but those that need it find their way in, believe me," says Sr. Marcia Kay LaCour, abbess of the Poor Clares in Spokane, Washington.