HIV/AIDS in Africa: Gospel values key for Irish sister, a pioneer in care

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.

"We too can be hands, arms and hearts which help God to perform his miracles, so often hidden."

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Poet Wendell Berry bequests farm to Dominican Sisters of Peace college

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.

Q & A with Sr. Imelda Poole, networking with European religious against trafficking

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.

Albinism in Africa: Sisters, activists counter violence with education, protection

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.

International sisters play important and growing role in US communities

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.


Black women: We are enough

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.