"I am a Hmong nun, and I work hard for my people's benefits," says Dominican Sr. Marie Cu Thi Quynh Hoa, who travels hundreds of kilometers by motorbike to work with Hmong villagers in Vietnam's northern mountainous provinces.
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Sr. Hellen Lamunu is the project coordinator of Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate Centre for Disadvantaged Children in Gulu, Uganda, which provides shelter, schooling and vocational training for vulnerable children and young people in an area of northern Uganda.Many of those the center assists are former child soldiers, and Lamunu is an advocate for assisting them and trying to reintegrate them into society.
Focus on Human Trafficking - Human trafficking has been on the rise in Brazil. One goal is to keep people who fit the main demographics of trafficking victims — children and women ages 8-29 — from falling into networks of sexual exploitation through prevention in schools.
For many who grew up Catholic and left the church, the influence of the education they received in Catholic school stays with them for their entire lives — for better or worse. Lexa Walsh's show, "Oh, Sister!", is a collection of sculptural vessel-portraits (statues that are also functional jars) of the sisters she remembers, who she says both "taught and tormented" her.
GSR spoke with Sr. Noelina Nakato, who recently won the 2019 World Championship in Theology (Ecumenism). The award recognized Nakato's research work on ecumenism, which is considered "a breakthrough in the field."
Sr. Samantha Kuruppuarachchi is the only Catholic nun who was directly affected by the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. She lost her sister, Wales Indira Kuruppuarachchi, and her sister's husband, Sanath Rohan Fernando, in the April 21 blasts at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, and her community has given her a year's leave of absence to help care for her niece and two nephews.
Started in June 2018, the Sowing Hope for the Planet campaign challenged congregations to find ways, both personally and in their communities, to implement the message of the pope's encyclical Laudato Si'. Leading the effort has been Sr. Sheila Kinsey, a member of the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and executive co-secretary for UISG's Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission.
Moved by the plight of women abandoned in the streets in Kerala, India, Sr. Roselin Chirayil left the Daughters of Mary and started a new order, the Sisters of Mercy, solely dedicated to caring for destitute women with mental illnesses.
Speaking with GSR at the motherhouse of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Los Angeles, Sr. Grace Duc Le says the congregation will mark its milestone with the intent to "renew, adapt and joyfully live out our spirituality and charism," which focuses on serving women and children.
Sr. Jean Bellini of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, New York, has lived in Brazil since 1976. She is one of the three coordinators of the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (Pastoral Land Commission), a Catholic organization that supports peasants and landless people. She works in the state of Pará in the Brazilian portion of the Amazon basin.
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