Janet M. Peterworth is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. With an academic background in English, pastoral work, clinical pastoral education, and nonprofit board education, she has worked with a variety of educational and nonprofit agencies and served as a group facilitator and strategic planner. She has directed nonprofits in Appalachia and served as board chair of the John A. Sheppard Memorial Ecological Reservation, a land trust dedicated to preserving the mountains in Mingo County, West Virginia. She has served on a number of other boards and advisory groups. In August 2020, Sr. Janet Marie completed her six-year term as president of the Ursuline sisters of Louisville, Kentucky.
When Jesus called his disciples, he was looking to create a different kind of community. That concept resonates today, as we all confront new ways of living amid a pandemic, the threat of cataclysmic climate change, and social upheaval.
A former Ursuline convent in Louisville, Kentucky, finds new life as a compassionate care home, the brainchild of a co-member of the Sisters of Loretto. It's one of many success stories of former religious properties pouring new wine in old wineskins.
Major events like the Kentucky Derby tend to draw human traffickers. Every year, organizers raise awareness in Louisville about the indignity that occurs in the area during the Derby and year-round.
It has been 40 years since Archbishop Óscar Romero and the four churchwomen were killed in El Salvador. Later, in 1989, six Jesuits, and a housekeeper and her daughter were killed. My thoughts come from Isaiah on the kind of fast that our God wants.