If current trends continue, the number of associates in the United States will be greater than the number of vowed women religious. Global Sisters Report spoke to organization leaders about how programs for associates are evolving, and how closing communities deal with keeping charisms alive.
Horizons - It's normal to hold out hope that things will go back to what we once knew, what made sense to us. Yet, I also struggle with the longing for things to be as they once were. What if God is changing the way things work right in front of us, and we're not paying attention?
From A Nun's Life podcasts - In this Random Nun Clip, Sr. Mindy Welding of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
A partnership of resources enabled photographer Lisa Kristine to photograph sisters who work against against sexual and labor exploitation, and who do prevention work with vulnerable migrants in countries around the world. Talitha Kum and the Galileo Foundation aim to raise awareness about trafficking and boost Talitha Kum's worldwide anti-trafficking network.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - In this Random Nun Clip with the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama, a listener asks if denying himself of things he wants will help him grow closer to God.
Rome - At day four of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) assembly, Donna Orsuto offered five steps to foster relationships and better understandings among religious groups. "Religious have a particular responsibility to foster a love that casts out fear," she said.
Rome - "Living interculturally is a vocation" that means moving beyond a multicultural approach, Milmanda, provincial superior for the Missionary Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit of South Argentina, told the International Union of Superiors General plenary assembly.
UISG leaders call for broader environmental action, clear stance on church abuse at triennial meeting
Catholic sisters have a unique opportunity and responsibility to lead efforts to curb climate change and environmental degradation as individuals, communities and a network of congregations worldwide, Franciscan Sr. Sheila Kinsey told about 850 superiors general of women religious congregations gathered May 7 in Rome during the second day of the International Union of Superiors General's plenary assembly.
The Vatican commission studying the history of women serving as deacons in the Catholic Church has been unable to find consensus on their role in the early centuries of Christianity and is yet to give a "definitive response," Pope Francis said May 7.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - In this Random Nun Clip, Sr. Subha Clare Ramesh, of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria, Illinois, describes her unexpected turn from corporate life to the convent.
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