Sisters of Mercy help contemporary society accept death as a part of life

Love returned two hundredfold - Contemporary conversations about how we approach dying are in part a reaction to 20th-century traditions like embalming, funeral homes and spending one’s last days in hospitals. In this midst of this lively and often graphic debate, some members of the Sisters of Mercy, one of the larger religious congregations in the Americas, are offering an alternate perspective, one that balances the certainty of human mortality with their strong faith.

Vietnam Catholic school model for the nation

GSR Today - Notre Dame Sr. Bui Thi Kim Ngoc is a cheerful soul. She has a buoyant personality and smiles a lot as she stumbles through her English, laughing at her own mistakes. You can’t spend more than a few minutes with her without feeling refreshed, uplifted. At age 38, Kim Ngoc is the principal of the Anh Linh Free School in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, which locals continue to call Saigon.

"Most good things have been said far too many times – and just need to be lived."

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Q & A with Sr. Deborah Borneman

Sr. Deborah Borneman thinks about vocations and religious life a lot – not just because she’s a Sister of Saints Cyril and Methodius, but because it’s her job. But of course, it’s more than just a job. Borneman is passionate about religious life, which comes through quickly when speaking with her. Many will find out for themselves when Borneman will speak at the "discern. Conference" at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Passion takes 'I'

See for Yourself - There I go again. My years-ago-learned touch-typing skills just failed me once more. After completing a document and proofing it, there it was: a glaring typo. My intended word was "passion," but what was actually in print was "passon." Pass on. I had skipped over the "i."

Determination and love of religious life in Africa: COMSAM

GSR Today - I was so excited when Sister Sidone, provincial of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gabon, was elected the third president of the Confederation of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (COMSAM). She never dreamed three years ago when she attended the second meeting of the organization in Kampala, Uganda, that she would become its leader.

Crisis in Ukraine

Three Stats and a Map - On Monday, the United Nations issued a new report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, which has been entrenched in bloody conflict since last year when crackdowns on anti-government protests turned deadly. Within months, Ukraine’s president had been run out of the country and Russia had invaded, all of which only sparked more violence.

Q & A with Sr. Jayanthi Simon

Sr. Jayanthi Simon, a medical nurse, was surprised when she received a call to work in a slum parish of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital. She accepted it, she says, without a second thought, although she had no clue what awaited her in Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest shanty towns. Eight years later, the 44-year-old nun says she has no regrets, as the experience in the slums has helped her understand and appreciate fellow humans and social realities much better.

Prayer book for family meals aims to cement family ties

A new prayer book that gives advice on how to pray to God at meal time is inspiring Catholic families to restore the value of family meals and relationships. Last month, nearly 700 Catholics from some parishes in Ba Ria Vung Tau province came together to watch dances and morality plays and experience a “heaven meal” held in the Vinh Chau church’s compound. This dinner was the fourth event that Dominican Sr. Mary Nguyen Thi Hong Que has held to help Catholics to experience heaven meals and practice the prayers in the book.

One body in Christ

GSR Today - Notre Dame Sr. Christine Garcia works at the Migrant Resource Center, which provides respite to those traveling north to the United States border and ministers to those who have come south after being deported. The center is operated by the Sisters of Notre Dame with Presbyterian border ministry, Frontera de Cristo.