In the Ugandan slum of Kamwookya, there's a small school called the Sr. Miriam Duggan Primary School. It caters to children whose families were displaced from Acholiland in the north of the country, forcing them to seek refuge in the capital, Kampala. Many of these families struggle with poverty and HIV, and some of the students are orphans. The school is named after one of the country's leading pioneers in home care for those with HIV/AIDS.
See for Yourself - Recently a friend told me about the death of a classmate who was living four states away. I was shocked to hear of the death, so the friend sent me to the e-obituary on a newspaper's website.
For the first time, Georgetown University's Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) conducted a study on men and women who have just entered religious institutes.
Eight more families of asylum-seekers were released from federal detention after they were rounded up in a federal deportation effort last month, bringing the total to 33 people in 12 families who have been released so far.
GSR Today - National Catholic Reporter online has launched a new feature, about books that have changed people's lives. The second one, this week, is an essay from Sr. Sandra Schneiders about Interpretation Theory: Discourse and the Surplus of Meaning.
Three Stats and a Map - Last month Oxfam released a report, which revealed that 62 people own as much money as the poorest half of the world's population combined. (For the record, that's 3.6 billion people.)
Poet Wendall Berry, 81, is passing on his family's farming legacy to a new generation; he selected a small Catholic liberal arts college about an hour's drive from Louisville, run by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, to continue the Berry Farming Program, which offers an interdisciplinary approach to agriculture, combining fieldwork with philosophy and studies in agricultural science and agribusiness with classes on literature, history and culture.
Sr. Imelda Poole of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary is president of RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation). On Sunday, Feb. 7, Poole, 69, attended a prayer service in St. Paul's Cathedral in the Albanian capital Tirana, where she has been based for the past 10 years establishing her Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, which works in the field of trafficking.
There is a prevalence of albinism in certain parts of Africa and people living there with the condition are at risk; they are shunned, they are attacked, and witchdoctors use their body parts for potions to bring wealth. In Tanzania sisters offer protection at residential schools and work with other activists who are trying to halt this practice with a simple message: People with albinism are just regular people.
Notes from the Field - The next few weeks will be an important time for my husband and I as we discern what our relationship to Big Laurel Learning Center will be six months from now.
GSR Today - Today, Feb. 8, is the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, and it's no coincidence that it is also the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita: The date was chosen at the request of women religious to highlight her life.
GSR Today - Agriculture is one way sisters support their projects across the world, by saving money for their own food as well as acting as agricultural role models for the rest of the community. This post includes a special slide show of the beautiful Tanzania maize harvest that you can share on social media.
The number of sisters from other countries who live in the United States is unknown, so Trinity Washington University and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate are conducting a study to try to count them and measure whether they have come for education or leadership training or to fill ministry roles as missionaries or at parishes — and what kind of support they receive or need.
GSR Today - We live in a society that has historically told and continues to tell black girls that they are not enough. So it takes a certain courage for black women to say, "No, we are beautiful, we are made in the image of God, and we are more than enough." It takes a certain courage to celebrate our blackness without apology and without caveat, and to insist that we are worthy of respect.