Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries have been encountering sex workers in the field (bars and brothels) for years. The sisters reach out to women and offer them love and listening and, if they want, shelter and a way out of the business, which is driven by poverty. They are also working to prevent entry into prostitution by educating women in rural areas, and they recently have been talking about their work at other dioceses so that the efforts can expand.
GSR Today - Sr. Anita Jennissen, 81, a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, is ministering to an increasing number of Central American refugees flooding into McAllen, Texas, where she is spiritual director at Sacred Heart Parish, about 10 miles from the Mexican border. Meanwhile residents of Syracuse, N.Y., are divided on whether they want a former Franciscan convent there to be used as shelter for child immigrants.
GSR Today - There is a direct connection between long-term volunteer service and religious life vocations. On that basis, the Catholic Volunteer Network has launched a three-year initiative to strengthen the vitality of women’s religious congregations. Here’s a snapshot of some data and reactions presented in Chicago last week at the kick-off symposium.
Letters from South Sudan - With other conflicts making the news across the globe, not much is visible in the headlines from South Sudan, though unrest continues to create dire needs for the vulnerable there. In the last two days several news reports have surfaced about fears of famine for the people of South Sudan.
Across the United States, Catholics have stepped in to help the unprecedented numbers of children without parents flooding the border, despite protests, threats, and government reluctance to give access to detained children. Immigration officials have detained nearly 60,000 children without their parents at the southern border since October, more than double the number picked up the year before. Naturally, Catholic sisters are among those offering humanitarian and spiritual assistance.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - Hospitality and food insecurity – what's the relationship and what insights can scripture offer us today? In this audio clip with Sr. Marion Moeser, we talk about hospitality and food insecurity in scripture and how the wisdom of the ancients can guide our actions today.