The sisters of Congrégation de Notre-Dame didn't want to give up the same coffee they had been drinking for decades. But paying a fair wage to the poor farmers who grew the coffee beans was something they could get behind — one of 12 actions they're undertaking to lessen their environmental footprint.
GSR Today: After a recent experience in Tanzania and Malawi of electrical blackouts, cold showers, limited or no internet, cooking with charcoal, and the sight of mountains stripped of trees, I was reminded of a project I had started to research how sisters in sub-Saharan Africa use solar energy.
About 160 women religious convened for the 2017 national assembly of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, which represents 12 percent of U.S. sisters. Formed in 1992 with a commitment to the preservation of "traditional" religious life, CMSWR has had a busy quarter-century.
Sr. Thresiamma Mathew is a women's rights activist and an advocate of gender equality. She has helped some 2,500 women from economically poor families to become professional masons when it was unthinkable to employ female masons in her home state of Kerala, southern India.
Notes from the Field - As a volunteer with the Ursulines working with children, I aim for clarity, wisdom and strength. Clarity helps us see challenges for what they are. Wisdom helps us figure out how to go about these difficulties. Strength allows us to act on our wisdom. This may sound a bit dreamy and optimistic, yet these are vital considerations.
Immigration activists say they are committed to passing a Dream Act without anti-immigrant measures, despite Trump's recent insistence that any legislation protecting DACA recipients be paired with his policy demands.
GSR Today - Opus Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian prizes highlight two organizations quietly going about the business of improving lives: Mercy Beyond Borders in South Sudan and Haiti and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.
This month, and probably for every October for the rest of her life, Haitian Sr. Evelyn Moliney will remember a time she would rather forget. A year ago, Hurricane Matthew bore down on southwestern Haiti, threatening a large swath of coastal area, including the city and surrounding areas of Jérémie, the capital city of the department, or province, of Grand'Anse.
Nearly two dozen people, including a juvenile, were arrested as they blocked workers from starting construction of a short leg of a natural gas pipeline on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
Global Sisters Report is not just a news hub. We are also a platform for sisters to find their own voice. "I don't know how to write!" the sisters usually say when they hear about GSR for the first time and we encourage them to write for us. But that's no excuse. For the eighth time, GSR is handing the pen to African sisters, proving that every person is a writer, and every person has a story to tell.
Sr. Brittany Harrison, a Salesian Sister of St. John Bosco, is a regular contributor to Relevant Radio's "Morning Air" show, where she discusses youth culture, social media and Salesian spirituality. She spoke with GSR about internet evangelism and how women religious can connect with young people.
Wielding their power as shareholders to challenge corporations, women religious are teaming up with each other and with other faith groups to ensure companies are water-conscious in their corporate practices. "If one person is speaking to a company, that's one thing. ... When you come to the company, and you have 15 shareholders who are concerned about the issue, it makes a difference.
Global Sisters Report takes a closer look at the OK Clean Water Project and Water With Blessings, two collaborative projects among women religious, both of which empower local leaders to bring drinkable water to the marginalized, giving them the proper tools to be self-reliant.
GSR Today - As Pope Francis' trip to Myanmar at the end of November gets closer, the plight of the Rohingya people there receives more and more scrutiny. It is not at all easy to see.
Aid has been pouring in to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island Sept. 20, but the U.S. territory still faces a massive rebuilding challenge in addition to the immediate needs for water and food. As for women religious in Puerto Rico, little information has been coming out about how they fared in the storm and how they have been in the weeks since.
GSR Today - It's hard for a New Mexican to imagine rain that lasts all day. It's hard for a person who has never tasted a taco to imagine how good they are. And local weather is one reason people find it hard to grasp climate change.