Sr. Teresita Abraham and the Presentation Sisters purchased land in September about 22 miles outside the town of Kaomain the Zambia’s southwestern province and are now in the process of building and landscaping the property as an eco-spiritual retreat and education center. Local volunteers are taking part in building the “Garden of Oneness” to be a place for quiet connection to the ecological side of spirituality, celebrating the close ties between traditional spiritual practices in Africa and nature.
Commentary - How do I write anything this week that hasn’t already been written? You already know what is on my mind and heart. Paris. Beirut. Baghdad. Syria. Terrorism. Refugees. Reflections, opinions, tirades, videos, and prayers have been pulsing through the Internet.
See for Yourself - It's so easy to crash through life with only partial information. Oftentimes, though, the problem is that we don't know we have only partial information.
Three Stats and a Map - For the past decade, the World Economic Forum has compiled an annual report tracking the gap between men and women around the globe, looking at everything from health, education and economic opportunity to politics, earnings and life expectancy.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners celebrated its 40th anniversary in August. It began as a collaborative effort of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and Maryknoll Sisters, but became a separate organization in 1994. Since 1975, more than 700 Catholics have served as Maryknoll lay missioners in Africa, Asia and the Americas. The current class ranges in age from 23 to 60 and reflects the organization's historical composition of single men and women, couples and families.
Notes from the Field - Every little thing that these children think or do has an impact in their life. I like to think they are building a house, and I'm there to guide them. To build the house, you must start from the bottom and work your way up. My students are just beginning to install the bricks.
Notes from the Field - I split my workweek between Big Laurel and the high school at the bottom of the mountain. As an aide, I feel pressure to step up and raise the classroom standard, but my lack of teaching experience is a big stumbling block.
Since launching the Global Sisters Report Africa:Connect discussion group last month on the WhatsApp platform, we've reached almost 40 sisters in six countries. Every week, we discuss an article from Global Sisters Report or a question. Ahead of Pope Francis' first trip to Africa Nov. 25-30, the sisters shared their hopes and dreams for the visit.
Book Review - In Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, Franciscan Sr. Ilia Delio offers up both Pope Francis and the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious as models of catholicity in our times.
GSR Today - Journalists like to talk to academic experts because academic experts are smart. However, journalists have a tendency to rely too much on these academic experts. The thing is, people have a right to speak for themselves.
GSR Today - Our media-driven world can also overwhelm us to the point of indifference, and reaching people suddenly becomes more difficult than ever.
For more than 30 years Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sr. Cyril Mooney has been extending educational opportunities to girls who do not have the care of their parents, live on the streets or who come from small villages where teachers are poorly trained. The students become part of mainstream society.
More than 500 women religious from across the United States and Canada gathered last weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, for the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious' symposium on religious life, an event inspired by the Year of Consecrated Life and Pope Francis' 2014 call for men and women religious to "wake up the world."