Julie A. Ferraro has been a journalist for more than 30 years, covering many topics for publications across the U.S. She currently lives in Yelm, Washington.

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Oral histories capture sisters' memories before they're gone

GSR Today - The best way I found to become acquainted with sisters is by recording their personal oral histories, which I, as an "inadvertent archivist," got to do with the Sisters of St. Francis of Clinton, Iowa.

Sr. Patricia Bietsch shared her life with the Navajo

GSR Today - Oldenburg Franciscan Sr. Patricia Bietsch served the Navajo for years through several ministries, all of which expressed her respect for their traditions and her concern for their needs.

Congregations find their own voices with Liturgy of the Hours revisions

"We wanted a prayer book that would reflect who we are." Some congregations of women religious in the U.S. have their own versions of the Liturgy of the Hours — the daily prayer of the church.

Sister-based volunteer programs adapt to pandemic restrictions

Since the onset of the pandemic, altering their full-time volunteer programs has been a major adjustment for many women's religious communities. GSR takes a look at three major groups to see how they are doing.