A long road to rural health care: Sisters serve Ghana's remote villages

The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters' clinic in Kwesi Fante isn't just far from Ghana's capital, Accra, it's far from everywhere. With limited resources, three sisters and their staff serve about 1,000 people each month. The clinic was established as part of the congregation's mission to "continue the healing ministry of Christ," says Sr. Mary Nkrumah, the clinic's administrator. Initially, sisters from Germany and the U.S. had come as missionaries to Ghana in 1946 and years later sought isolated areas to care for those far from established medical care. 

"Who today is lying by the side of the road in need of our help? Who has been forgotten or marginalized or denigrated or despised? Who are those people we are called as a ministry of the church to care for?"

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Collaborative governance model helps congregations carry on with limited resources

The collaborative governance model helps congregations in need of financial and leadership assistance. The civil corporations from two or more congregations create a third corporation, which handles insurance, human resources, property management, legal issues, and all other tasks the congregations require. This frees up congregations' leadership to focus on spiritual issues.

French sisters shelter women against human traffickers, prostitution

Paris - The community of the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity, or Sisters Adoratrices, was founded in Spain to minister to women who were prostitutes; in France today, the sisters continue to help women who were trafficked from other countries and who likewise need assistance leaving prostitution work they were forced into.

Francis' visit to Chilean prison shines light on Sr. Nelly Leon

Santiago, Chile - Inside the chapel of the San Joaquín central women's penitentiary in Santiago, Chile, the handful of female inmates who met Pope Francis gathered to discuss their awe of and gratitude for the personalized Jan. 16 encounter. And nearly every woman who shared her experience with the Chilean media surrounding the inmates also thanked Good Shepherd Sr. Nelly Leon, head of the country's pastoral efforts in the jail system.

At Haitian-Dominican border, shelter protects children vulnerable to human trafficking

Human trafficking is a potent global issue to religious sisters and their colleagues within Catholic humanitarian networks. The Sisters of St. John the Evangelist combat trafficking in Haiti through Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús, a shelter for potentially trafficked children and unaccompanied minors trying to cross the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 

In new book, younger sisters write about religious life of the present

Thirteen sisters collaborated on 13 essays in a new collection, In Our Own Words, published Jan. 25 by Liturgical Press. "We're not reinventing religious life, but connecting with our experience of religious life," said Dubuque Franciscan Sr. Sarah Kohles, who edited the book with Society of the Sacred Heart Sr. Juliet Mousseau. Younger sisters want the collaboration used to write the book to be a model for religious life, where differences in congregations and leadership conferences don't create division.

300 years is typical: Grey Nuns called to let go

As a young woman professing first vows in 1983, Sr. Elaine Baete swallowed a fleeting thought about the future of her new congregation, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, also known as the Grey Nuns. Instead, she focused on her new vocation and the impact she hoped to make. Now, Baete takes the helm of the transition as the congregational assistant on the Grey Nuns' leadership team. She and four others make decisions about how her congregation will pare down assets and ready itself for completion.