Peter Tran is currently the assistant director of the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona. He is a former editor of the Union of Catholic Asian News at the main editorial office in Bangkok. During his years as a Redemptorist, his ministry was extensively in the field of pastoral care for refugees and migrants in the United States and at the Vatican.
A rise in hate crimes against Asians in the U.S. is sparking concern for women religious from Asian and Pacific Island countries. Some have experienced verbal abuse, while others have witnessed fear in communities they serve.
Sr. Michelle Woodruff works as a public health nurse at the Crownpoint Health Care Facility, about two hours northwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which serves more than 20,000 people in rural New Mexico.
For years, Catholic sisters have ministered to parishioners and other members of the Navajo Nation. During the pandemic, sisters are finding creative ways to continue their social and pastoral care.
Sister Agnes-Claire said St. Mary Euphrasia's mission continues today in Singapore with the Good Shepherd Sisters, who founded the Good Shepherd Centre in Sembawang in 1986. Throughout the years, the center has sheltered women and children fleeing from family violence, migrant domestic workers abused by their employers, and women who were trafficked for the sex trade in Singapore.