Her early spirituality shaped in high school by the Sisters of Loretto and her world views molded in the Philippines as a missioner, Maryknoll Sr. Mary Grenough could well be a poster child for a generation of U.S. religious women radicalized in the wake of Vatican II. These women have been as persistent as they have been faithful to their religious callings, many for more than six decades. Grenough is one of nine in her Maryknoll entrance class still in active ministry. She turns a young 82 today, having served nearly 40 years in the Philippines; 10 in Burma (Myanmar).
From A Nun's Life podcasts - In this Random Nun Clip we talk with Sr. Heather Jean Foltz and Sister Mary Luke Jones about how "just a visit" led to an unexpected vocation with the Beech Grove Benedictines.
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity . . . and some scarce see Nature at all. But, to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is imagination itself."Read more
Three Stats and a Map - After a gunman with ties to a white supremacy group opened fire on a black church in Charleston, S.C., June 17, it didn’t take long for people to point out that the attack occurred in a state where the Confederate flag still flies on government property. Before long, even former proponents of the flag like South Carolina State Sen. Paul Thurmond were calling for its removal.
An oral history project at St. Catherine University is an unique first-person archive that documents, in an academically rigorous way, the intersection of housing insecurity and higher education, an experience far more common than it may seem. It was developed by Louise Edwards-Simpson, a history professor at the university, with the help of Sr. Amata Miller, a member of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Moira McQueen, a theology professor and a fan of St. Thomas Aquinas, views her appointment into a prestigious Catholic commission as cumulative of her faith and decisions made throughout her life. “I find that it is only possible to be humble before his incredible gifts of reasoning, insight and faith,” said McQueen of the 13th-century theologian and philosopher.
She's in her 30s ‒ only 1 percent of women religious are. And she's an elementary school teacher. Fewer than 2,000 women religious ‒ 2 percent of all sisters ‒ teach in U.S. Catholic grade schools. Yet she said she's joyfully where she needs to be and is not discouraged by the few number women choosing religious life. "I wouldn't necessarily say there's a drop in vocations as much as there is a drop in the 'yes' ‒ you know, the response to the call," she told Catholic News Service during a recent interview at St. Peter Indian Mission School in Bapchule. "I think God is calling and calling and calling."
Notre Dame Sr. Thecla Tran Thi Giong, who earned a doctoral degree in counseling and psychotherapy from the Philippines in 1993, has taught at universities and in inter-congregational theological formation programs for men and women religious for more than 20 years in Vietnam. Giong is among the first Catholic nuns who were allowed to study abroad in the late 1980s after the country was reunified under communist rule in 1975 when the war ended.
Since 2001, more than 2,000 women have not only found safety but learned skills at St. Monica's Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda, directed by Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe. In her words: "They are fighting back with needles and sewing machines and not with machine guns."
See for Yourself - My younger sister and I shared a bedroom growing up. In our younger days neither of us was very neat, as evidenced by piles of clothes strewn around the room, books on the floor instead of in the bookcase . . .
While some conservative politicians criticized Pope Francis for his encyclical on the environment, saying science should be left to scientists, Franciscan Sr. Ilia Delio has long lived at the intersection of science and spirituality. She praised the encyclical, calling it “remarkable.”
GSR Today - I didn’t grow up in the same world as my mother and grandmother. I’ve been thinking about that a lot in these last two weeks since my grandmother died.
Released last week, the encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for our Common Home" by Pope Francis is a forceful and integrated teaching on environmentalism. Global Sisters Report interviewed a number of sisters and academics around the world who have long worked on environmental issues, and overwhelmingly, they talked about feeling excited, optimistic and also grateful. They also were realistic. They know setbacks and frustrations are ahead. But the clear language of the encyclical leaves no room for doubt: The world is in peril, human beings are the cause, and we can also be the solution.
GSR Today - It took a radical notion about serving the marginalized to encourage Sr. Eileen Reilly to accept a job at the United Nations.