Maryknoll Sr. Teresa Dagdag has gained "insights into the life's struggles of working women who have to work long hours to make ends meet. Often, they are not able to continue with their schooling. These instances are too many all over the world. They demonstrate the systemic injustice of our socioeconomic experiences and developed in me a passion to work for justice, peace and integrity of creation, for well-being and wholeness of members of the one Earth community."
Q & A
Sr. Ruth Schönenberger spoke with GSR about gender equality in the Catholic Church. Regarding women's ordination, Schönenberger said, "I do not understand the reasons against it. I am surprised that the presence of Christ is reduced to being a man."
As president of CORREF, the French conference of men and women religious, Dominican Sr. Véronique Margron is drawing attention to sexual abuse in the church and its causes, and urging congregations to listen to victims and take action.
When her community had an problem with a property transfer, the Sister of St. Joseph realized that many religious were in serious need of the services of a lawyer to assist with deed acquisition and legal documentation.
Mercy Sr. Maureen Lally is founder of the Tóchar Valley Rural Community Network, a grassroots initiative in Ireland that empowers 18 rural communities by establishing microenterprises producing homegrown products.
The sister from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana explains how the idea to offer a retreat for mothers originated at a family Thanksgiving — and why we should all act more like the alpacas at the sisters' eco center.
Human trafficking has been worsened by Zimbabwe's dire economic situation. Longtime Zimbabwe resident Sr. Janice McLaughlin works with fellow Maryknollers on the issue, through awareness and education, research and advocacy, and trauma counseling.
Sr. Linnet Antony believes music nourishes the soul and leads humans to peace and tranquility. Music, she says, has the power to help people reach higher levels of self-awareness and experience God.
"The Lord really wants there to be a path of fidelity and greater coherence, and I feel that there is great potential in intercongregational work, that the more things we take on intercongregationally, the more we can achieve."
Emily Kahm is finishing up a fellowship at Augustana College, where she teaches a course in American Catholicism that is centered around the work of women religious. She sends her students out to interview a sister, an assignment that's generated surprising encounters.
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