At our recent convocation, we Ursuline sisters, associates and friends heard from Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Teresa Maya, who gave us a new way of thinking about charism. For each congregation, she said, there is a founding call. Then, as need finds us, there is an apostolic response to that call. Charism happens in the present moment of the dialog between the two.
GSR Staff - Despite having experience reporting on Latin America and the ways sisters tend to migrants, on this night, I was like any other American oblivious to the realities of a mass migration, standing amid a never-ending stream of tired faces all coming from the same direction.
GSR Today - Welcome to the third year of our monthly series called The Life. Our 2019-20 panel of 20 sisters from around the world will share their reflections on the unique, challenging lives of Catholic women religious.
GSR Today - As a group, millipedes have survived mass extinctions that killed off dominant organisms like trilobites and dinosaurs. Will our smaller individual religious community groups similarly last for millennia?
GSR Today - Amid a stalemate in the civil war, many South Sudanese "want to be hopeful, but underlying issues are not being addressed," says Sr. Joan Mumaw. "They are afraid to put too much stock on current leaders."
GSR Today - Catholic sisters have engaged in child care for hundreds of years. Today, we acknowledge that institutions did not and do not always provide the best way to ensure children's safety, socialization and health.
Notes from the Field - To me, intentional communal living can be an antidote to the isolation we are feeling across the generational spectrum as well as the very real effects of economic strain that are changing millennials' outlook on the housing market and the trajectory of our future generally.
We are called to be sowers of seeds and to remember the power of small, sown seeds. Several weeks after the UISG assembly in Rome, I carry with me strong images from our gathering, of events that exemplify small actions that begin to change landscapes of impossible situations.
When I first discovered Good Shepherd Volunteers, I spent a lot of time scouring the program website. Now, as I approach the end of my year, I've been thinking: If I could go through this process all over again, what would accurately explain why I fell in love with Good Shepherd Volunteers?
Daughter of Wisdom Sr. Jean Quinn, executive director of UNANIMA International, is pushing the global body to mount a head-on effort on homelessness. But the issue is complex, with no internationally agreed upon definition and a host of taboo associations surrounding the crisis.
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