Srs. Susanne Dziedzic and Johnna Ciezobka opened a community resource center in Kingstree, South Carolina, 26 years ago. The Felician Center has flourished, and today is in the process of transitioning to lay leadership.
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As director of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Catholic Sisters Initiative, Sr. Jane Wakahiu oversees one of the largest funders in the world of programs and initiatives focused on Catholic women religious. She spoke to GSR about the foundation's recently announced a new five-year strategy.
Sr. Ancila Devadass and Sr. Mary Nijo work together for Color the Fallen Stars, a project that helps rescue people who live in poverty and bring them to rehabilitation centers. "The people with whom we work are the stars that are fallen," Devadass told GSR. "We go to the streets looking for them."
As the first CEO of SSM Health system, Sr. Mary Jean Ryan of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary left a lasting imprint over 25 years. Among the hallmarks of her work has been recognizing every employee's contributions, from surgeon to janitor.
At LCWR's 2018 annual assembly, St. Joseph Sr. Jayne Helmlinger became president-elect. Speaking with GSR, Helmlinger said that while in leadership, she'll combine her community's charism — "Unity in Reconciliation" — with her "ability to think systemically." She told GSR she is eager to connect LCWR with the rest of the world and reimagine the conference to fit a globalized future.
Sisters from the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament came to Pleiku City, Vietnam, in 2000 to serve ethnic minority villagers. Today, they provide care at their convent for children with physical disabilities from poor families. "We believe they are sent to us by God."
Precious Blood Sr. Mary Faye Hellman started a boarding school for girls from indigenous Mayan villages outside Guatemala City. She spoke to GSR about the little girl who inspired her to start the school, how their work prepares the young women to be leaders.
Sr. Phyllis Hughes started working in health care so long ago, there were no copy machines and no computers. Intensive care units were a brand-new idea.More than 51 years later, the Mercy sister had a chance to look back on that career as she accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Catholic Health Association on June 10.
When Santa Clara Home opened in 1994, Chile still didn't have treatment for HIV infection. Infants and children brought to the orphanage in Santiago for children with HIV and AIDS came for death with dignity, said Sr. Nora Valencia of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Jesus, the director of Santa Clara Home.
Italian Sr. Elisabetta Flick heads a ministry of the International Union of Superiors General that accompanies migrants after they arrive in Sicily. Amid a changing migration climate, the sisters' pastoral work involves accompanying the migrants, who face fear and hostility as they try to integrate into Italian society.
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