Sharing a co-founder, IHM and Oblate sisters work on 20-year reconciliation

July marked the third time the Oblate Sisters of Providence were included in the decennial meeting of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The three Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary congregations, in Scranton and Immaculata, Pennsylvania; and Monroe, Michigan — and the Oblates — share a biracial co-founder in Theresa Maxis Duchemin. The meeting is a time for the congregations to celebrate their shared history and to update each other on their lives and ministries. For more than 160 years, the congregations' common history had been kept closely under wraps by leadership in the Immaculate Heart of Mary communities who did not want to be associated with a black sister.

"Let us become the first generation that decides to be the last that sees empty classrooms, lost childhoods, and wasted potentials."

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Q & A with Sr. Theresia Fidelis Tarimo: Teaching theology in the Tanzanian highlands

When there’s a break in the clouds in northern Tanzania, clear skies reveal the most stunning panorama of mountains. The snow-peaked plateau of Mt. Kilimanjaro is in one direction, and the stark outlines of Mt. Meru is in the other. Tucked between the peaks and fortified with clear mountain air, the Holy Spirit Sisters built the Theological Pastoral Center of Rauya, a tranquil theology college, where Sr. Theresia Fidelis Tarimo challenges men and women religious to learn about morality, in order to answer challenging questions from the young generations

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See for Yourself - The many observances of World War II anniversaries this year are insightful reminders about the devastation from worldwide inhumanity. These reminders sent me reviewing a remarkable event in my own life that occurred in 1975 — 40 years ago. On a sunny and pleasant July 31, 1975, I spent a day with Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, in his home with second wife, Fritzi, in Basel, Switzerland.

As U.N. prepares for monumental year, advocates question new anti-poverty goals

For those who pay attention to the United Nations, this year is shaping up to be something of a milestone, with the last half of the year in particular taking pride of place for global significance. Three major conferences — on financing for development, sustainable development goals and climate change — take place this year, and with their leadership of committees, subcommittees, forums and working groups, Catholic sisters have carved out a well-respected niche in the U.N. system.