Joyce Meyer, PBVM, is a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and served as executive director of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, a grant-making organization supporting the works of Catholic sisters globally, from 1999 through October 2011. She worked for five years as a missionary in Zambia, where she taught English at a secretarial college and served as executive director for the Zambia Association of Sisterhoods, the national conference of women religious. She is on the boards of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Medicines for Humanity and the International Foundation of the Good Shepherd Sisters and has served as international liaison to women religious for Global Sisters Report since January 2014.
GSR Today - More than 50 sisters from around the world supported by the Hilton Foundation gathered online to talk about challenges during COVID-19 and create a community of practice. What struck me profoundly about the session was how it was also building spiritual connections.
GSR Today - As vowed religious, committed to the Gospel of justice and compassion, we need to become authentically intercultural in our thinking and action at all levels: local, national and international.
In Cameroon, Sr. Louisa Abid Sister of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of Buea, has been the health coordinator for the Bamenda Archdiocese three years, about as long as the civil war has been going on. She is responsible for 25 facilities, including five hospitals, 11 medical centers and six primary health centers.
A sister tells GSR that Haitians are coping with the pandemic largely on their own, as resources dwindle and misformation spreads. The future lies again in the resiliency of the people themselves.