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.
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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.
When Sr. Thelma Marie Mitchell received an award from the National Black Sisters' Conference last summer, her acceptance speech was only 13 words long. But her reticence belies her remarkable story of converting to Catholicism, becoming one of the few African-American sisters in the 1950s and caring for countless people in hospitals and clinics.
Sr. Maria Cimperman came to Catholic Theological Union in the fall of 2012 and was a visiting associate professor for the next two years. A sister with the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she was named director of the newly formed Center for the Study of Consecrated Life at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in the fall of 2014.
When Sue Mosteller entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Toronto, Canada, in 1952, little could she have realized that, 20 years later, her life path would merge with the nascent L'Arche Movement and spiritual luminaries Henri Nouwen and Jean Vanier.
Sr. Cynthia Mathew had battled India's oppressive caste system in Bihar state for years before going to New York to work in the United Nations. The member of the Congregation of Jesus continues her fight for justice for Dalit. Since 2017, Mathew has been working toward innovative thinking on sustainable development with the Loreto Sisters, who have U.N. Economic and Social Council accreditation.
"The reason behind my painting is really my passion since childhood," says Sr. Venus Pegar, a Filipina sister of St. Francis of Xavier. Now, with permission from her mother superior, she paints regularly to raise funds for her order's ministries.
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