The Life panelists are a group of 20 sisters from across the global north and south who respond to questions about the unique, challenging and very specific lives of women religious. Click here to read more about each individual sister panelist who was involved during the first year of articles. Click here to learn about the 2018-19 round of panelists.

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Prayer strengthens sisters' ministries and awareness of God's presence

The Life - This month, panelists reflected in a personal way about their prayer life and its effect on the rest of their lives, especially their ministries, such as retreat direction, political activism, teaching, public speaking and catechesis.

Sisters are experts in bringing people together

The Life - This month, panelists reflected on ways they or their institutions work for reconciliation and understanding among disparate groups, whether amid border communities, marginalized groups, sparring political rivals or amid their own intercultural communities.

Sisters count on the 'multiplication factor' of lay partners in their ministries

The Life - This month, the panelists reflect on how laypeople are true partners in their ministry, advancing the mission of their congregations and teaching them useful lessons in life. For example: "Response to the needs of the times, calls of the church and our own charism has led us into different forms of association with laypeople."

Flying joyfully with my sisters: key lessons learned in religious life

The Life – As this feature begins its third year, the panelists tell us how they were led by the Spirit to "the boondocks," behind the former Iron Curtain, on the back of Mother Eagle, and by the people to whom they ministered. In stories of radical openness and encountering Christ, they share what they have learned from ministry and life as a sister.