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 - When I went to Zambia as a missionary in 1981, religious life looked very different than it does today. In the past four or five years, looking to the future, many of the East African women religious, locally founded groups and provinces of international congregations whose membership is primarily African have been reflecting on the sustainability of their unique congregational charisms and spiritualities.
GSR Today - The Holy Rosary Sisters wanted to help remote communities of Zambia discover their potential for development. Chipapa was a neglected region, so it fit their mission perfectly.
GSR Today - Barron Hilton spent much of his life building the hotel company his father started into a powerhouse brand respected around the world. Now his death means many non-government organizations and others, including women religious, will be further empowered to fight poverty, illiteracy and disease around the world.
At the Women of Wisdom and Action colloquium, I met Sr. Rashmi Kanta Kiro, who belongs to the Daughters of St. Anne, Ranchi, the first congregation in India founded by tribal women. One of the first two female tribal doctoral students in India, Rashmi is carrying on their revolutionary charism.