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.
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.
GSR Today - In these times of confusion, chaos and fear that recall the story of the road to Emmaus, leaders of religious women and men in Europe and the U.S. ponder questions about the future.
GSR Today - Executive leaders of four women religious organizations gave overviews of the heavy toll the pandemic has taken on their regions.
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.