Joyce Meyer 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.
The Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa has endured for nearly 50 years, despite being not often recognized or fully engaged by the church hierarchy or civic communities. I recently participated in a miracle: its 18th assembly.
Good Shepherd sisters in Mozambique have ministered to families marginalized by lack of employment and education since 1887. Now they're helping to ease suffering for people fleeing Cabo Delgado province, the epicenter of a national crisis involving an extremist power struggle.
GSR Today - I felt compelled to write about the sisters who continue to give their lives for others in conflict areas. We have heard about their selfless service throughout the tragedies in Haiti, South Sudan and Afghanistan.
GSR Today - A new study gets its data comes from on-the-ground practitioners working in Good Shepherd ministries — practitioners who live with the realities of what girls experience every day in Asia and the Pacific.