Be a part of the 2020-2021 The Life panel

This article appears in the The Life feature series. View the full series.

Editor's note: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on religious communities globally, the Global Sisters Report staff has decided to delay the deadline for applications for the 2020-21 The Life panel. The deadline for applications will be Sept. 15, and applicants will be notified in the following weeks if they have been selected. The first issue of the 2020-21 panel will appear Oct. 26. Please contact Sr. Michele Morek at if you have any questions, and join the GSR staff in praying for all those affected by the pandemic, which we will continue to cover on The listing below was updated on March 31 to reflect these changes.


Imagine creating a panel of 20-plus sisters from all over the world and from many different religious congregations. And then imagine asking them questions (from the lighthearted to the complex) about their lives from the standpoint of their own cultures and congregational charisms.

We did! It's called The Life. And we had so much fun the last three years that we are going to do it again. Our 2019-2020 panel — with sisters from or with ties to Africa, Asia, India, Europe, North and South America, and Oceania — shared their thoughts and expertise in the popular monthly feature.

We want to recruit another group of panelists for 2020-21, beginning in October. Do you like to write? The commitment is for one year. Three to four times in that year, we will ask you to submit a written response of up to 400 words. You will receive a one-time honorarium for your participation, but best of all, you will enjoy being part of a global collaboration.

Here's how The Life works: Every month, GSR will pose a question on spirituality, formation, ministries, leadership or other topics. You don't have to choose one every month, just three to four times during the year.

We hope to find some new voices for GSR, but we also invite sisters who have written columns for us to consider participating.

If you are interested in being considered for the panel, send an email to with the following by Sept. 15:

  • Your contact information.
  • A brief description of your ministry and background (you can include a resume or CV if you have one).
  • A writing sample of no more than 400 words to the following: Describe a key lesson you have learned from your work or life as a sister. (This could be in your personal, spiritual or ministerial life.)

The selection process will seek a variety of communities, geographical areas, ages and ministry backgrounds. Panelists will be notified of their selection after the Sept. 15 deadline has passed.

We think this is one way to meet our goal of fostering the global sisterhood in pursuit of a better world. Would you like to be involved? Volunteer yourself or someone else as a potential panelist, or send questions you would like for us to pose for the panel to