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Sisters serving in South Texas 'colonia' win Lumen Christi Award

Three members of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary ministering in Texas were named the winners of the LumenChristi (Light of Christ) Award given each year by Catholic Extension. The three winners – Srs. Carolyn Kosub, Emily Jocson and Fatima Santiago – arrived in the South Texas "colonia" of Penitas, located in the Diocese of Brownsville, in 2003 after a tornado ravaged the poverty-ridden community, and since then have worked with residents to help meet some of their most basic needs.

Laying down new cornerstones in Detroit

In the sprawling city of Detroit, which is regarded as the harbinger of post-industrial, urban America, live women religious, firmly planted, articulating a Catholic presence in a place of drastic transitions. No longer in the convents of their youth, the women endure with their neighbors the vicissitudes of a habitat where crime and abandoned properties are givens and well-functioning municipal services are not – and they are rebuilding church communities to serve as anchors of revitalization.

Providing personal and professional development for young women

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul train young women to be housemaids and advocate for respectable working conditions in Vietnam's largest city. Sr. Pascale Le Thi Triu said her community saw a growing need for housemaids in the economically booming Ho Chi Minh City eight years ago, so they took the initiative to help. “We have trained 300 professional housemaids and have met only one fourth of the demand for housemaids in the city,” she said.