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.
GSR Today - In the weeks leading up to the Synod, it became clear that many people simply wanted to be heard. The fact that they were – including 14 married couples who spoke directly to the gathering – was in itself a bit surprising.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - Acceptance, encouragement, challenge – and adventure – are some of the reasons why Srs. Michele Fisher and Michael Marie Franzek enjoy being Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
During the 1950s, the Anglican sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus ran a midwifery service and clinic out of their convent in the Poplar section of London's East End. Working alongside them were young women who were trained nurses and qualified midwives. "Call the Midwife," a BBC dramatic series, is based on the stirring and candid memoirs of nurse Jennifer Lee Worth (1935-2011).
Sr. Tesa Fitzgerald has garnered lots of praise for her work helping mothers with reentry after prision. Now, her organization, Hour Children, has been honored with a grant from the Opus Prize Foundation.
GSR Today - The Huffington Post earlier this month published some beautiful pictures of women religious taken by photographer Craig Buchan in Edinburgh, Scotland. We reached out to Buchan by email and asked if we could share some of his work here. He eagerly gave us permission.
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.
Mercy Housing closes affordability gap in 21 states for families and seniors - One of the nation’s largest non-profit affordable housing developers, founded out of the Catholic duty to help the poor, today remains under the sponsorship of eight communities of Catholic sisters. Currently Mercy Housing operates in 21 states and serves more than 152,600 people on any given day. In addition, it has helped develop more than $2.8 billion in affordable real estate across the nation.