Mandy Erickson is a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes for National Catholic Reporter; works for FOSNA, a peace organization initiated by Palestinian Christians; and edits articles about health care and higher education.
Forty girls entering their sophomore and junior years in high schools affiliated with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in the U.S., Canada and Lesotho said they wanted to attend the Youth Justice Forum with the sisters to meet girls from other parts of the world who care about social justice. They also wanted to learn more about ways to promote their causes.
Bowling with Nuns was one of many events around the country marking the fifth annual National Catholic Sisters Week, which ran from March 8 to 14. The week's purpose is to honor women religious, bring awareness of sisters in the United States to laypeople, and perhaps draw young women to join missions.
Three panelists at the University of San Francisco's Prophetic Leadership: Women Shaping the Catholic Social Tradition discussed treatment of immigrants in the United States and how it compares to the era when four churchwomen were killed in El Salvador.
Colonization has not ended, said speakers at the July 7-10 Sisters of Earth convention: Governments and industries are still taking land from indigenous people, largely destroying ecosystems for profit.