Amid abuse crisis, sisters call for healing, changes to church structure

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.

Q & A with Srs. Ancila Devadass and Mary Nijo, coloring 'fallen stars' in southern India

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."

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, provide calm and reconstruction after the storms

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.

The 'Mother Teresa of Mithapur' goes to roadsides to feed the mentally ill

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."