In Mexico City's La Merced district, the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer and helpers, wearing the blue vest of Casa Madre Antonia, walk the streets to offer a hand and encouragement to women in prostitution.
Global Sisters Report asked congregations in the United States, Canada and Ireland about their retreat centers and how they were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, its lockdowns and various restrictions.
During lockdown, sister-run retreat centers sat empty. Some centers closed permanently due to the pandemic, but experts believe it was no more than a handful. Center directors spoke about how they have made it so far.
Laypeople who declare their promise in whatever form to share the respective community's charism also become representatives of the community. Their choices impact the religious with whom they affiliate in a wide range of circumstances.
Most kidney patients in Vietnam gather in the nation's big cities for medical care, as other places lack specialized equipment. Catholic sisters lead efforts to ease the patients' loneliness and financial burdens.
When refugees from heavily attacked eastern Ukraine arrived in the sisters' city en masse in the first few months of the war, the Basilians scrambled to offer them food, clothes and shelter at the monastery.
Officials and religious sisters see a perfect storm that began with the war in Ukraine, which rattled international markets and disrupted grain exports, leading to a rise in global hunger that will not be easily solved.
Trained pastoral caregiver and counselor Sr. Eusebia Maselitso Lerotholi's ministry has evolved into being the mother of many through an orphanage home. Despite the challenges, she tells GSR that she has achieved a lot.