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.
Facing the grief of pandemic stress and pain: sharing notes from a workshop on the psychological impact of COVID-19
GSR Today - When my brother, Roger, died this summer from COVID-19, our family was able to gather virtually to mourn together. It was far from ideal. So, what happens to our grief when it stays buried within, when we are not even aware of it?
GSR Today: Although not a researcher myself, I love reading studies, particularly about religious life. This new endeavor of intentionally training sisters in Africa for data collection and church research will change the landscape of religious life.
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.