A new Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will honor Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, who founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first religious community of women of African descent, and opened the first Catholic school in the United States for black children.
Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington pledged to cooperate with state and local officials investigating reports of alleged abuse of former residents of a Catholic orphanage.
Revelations of clergy sex abuse, cover-up and infighting among church leadership continue to shake the Catholic world. Sisters spoke to GSR about the crisis. They advocate giving women religious and the laity authority in abuse cases; putting women religious in positions of authority within the church to thwart clericalism; and including more women religious in the vocation process for priests.
Several communities of sisters joined the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in issuing statements in response to the clergy sex abuse crisis.
When a beloved Guaraní woman from a town near our mission home in Timboy, Bolivia, became gravely ill, we accompanied her family through their agonizing worries and unceasing prayers for healing.
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."
Sr. Luke Boiarski is director of the disaster recovery team for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, which uses sisters, associates and lay volunteers to aid those in need, whether they are nearby (West Point is about 35 miles from the congregation's motherhouse in Nazareth) or as far away as Belize, where they have made several trips to help build houses.
Every day, Sr. Elsie Vadakkekara of the Sisters of St. Ann of Providence heads out to bring meals to people with mental illness who are found abandoned on roads in India. The septuagenarian Catholic sister has won the hearts of local people, mostly Hindus. For Vadakkekara, the work has transformed her: "Now I see the face of Jesus in everyone."
After only four months with the organization, I was asked to organize the 10th anniversary celebration of the Asociación de Hermanas Latinas Misioneras en América, or AHLMA. Our celebration was a learning experience. It set the wheels in motion.
The International Congress of Consecrated Life was a chance to listen to, share with and be enriched by people from many parts of the world belonging to all forms of consecrated life in the church today.
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