Salesian Sr. Ana Maria Mainero describes life in Delft, a South African township ripped apart by murders, as "a constant feeling of being alert, because even at lunchtime, the morning — any time is good to shoot." With the Don Bosco Skills Training Center, now under construction, she hopes to provide an alternative to the pull of gang life.
GSR Today - Global Sisters Report talked to Sr. Pat Murray, executive secretary of UISG, Sr. Teresa Maya, president of LCWR, and Sr. Joan-Marie Steadman, executive director of LCWR, as part of our annual planning process for topics to cover in the coming year. "It's not about numbers. We're learning in this process that we are enough for the Gospel," Maya said.
Global Sisters Report recently held a discussion with Loreto Sr. Pat Murray, , executive secretary of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG); Incarnate Word Sr. Teresa Maya, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR); and Holy Cross Sr. Joan-Marie Steadman, executive director of LCWR, on topics related to the global sisterhood and the outlook for 2018 and beyond. Below is an edited version of that conversation.
Notes from the Field - Even though 20 to 30 minutes is not that long to walk someplace once, it can be if a person has no other options and must do it regularly. A number of individuals and families served by Ursuline Ministries walk around town, undeterred by the weather.
Notre Dame de Namur Sr. Mary Johnson and Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Sandra Schneiders told the Religious Formation Conference that the structure of religious formation needs to be reimagined. The heart of their proposal is a process that includes graduate-level theology, with novices in intercongregational programs.
Sr. Mary Nguyen Thi Mai is the superior of the Society of Missionaries of Charity, The society includes nearly 670 members, has 42 communities and 12 centers throughout Vietnam which serve orphans, people with physical disabilities and elderly people without relatives. Mai spoke to GSR about the newly established society overcoming challenges and sustaining itself in a developing country.
The Souljourners program, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica, is a three-year program for spiritual directors. Ecumenism is key to the program. The experts who instruct students come from all Christian faith backgrounds. The sisters describe the form of direction they teach as "contemplative-evocative."
See for Yourself - "I believe there's a plan of God for each of our lives. ... We don't know what's going on or why and can't explain it, but it's not for nothing."
GSR Today - Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and seven other immigrant-rights organizations filed a complaint Dec. 7 with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Office of Inspector General.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious called the withdrawal a "misguided decision" that is " yet another example of the president's attempts to wall off this nation and subvert its values."
Remembered in a special way on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, are 298 persons who fought and suffered in the Philippines, including many who gave their lives, to end the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and martial rule that lasted 14 years. Their names are etched on the black granite Wall of Remembrance of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Monument for Heroes) in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Candles are lit, flowers are offered by relatives and friends and activities or programs are often held on this day.
Officials at San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California, founded in 1850 by the Dominican Sisters, announced Nov. 13 that the school will no longer be Catholic and will drop official ties to the San Francisco Archdiocese and the Western Catholic Educational Association.
Three panelists at the University of San Francisco's Prophetic Leadership: Women Shaping the Catholic Social Tradition discussed treatment of immigrants in the United States and how it compares to the era when four churchwomen were killed in El Salvador.
Villa Maria is a transition home for women without children who are either homeless, fleeing abusive relationships, or recently released from prison or jail. The staff, led by Loretto Sr. Mary Margaret Murphy, provides women with resources as they help pave their path to recovery.
Sacred Heart of Mary Sr. Veronica Brand attended the second week of COP23, the U.N. climate change conference, through a collaboration with the Maryknoll Sisters. The November meeting in Bonn, Germany, featured "the strong and vibrant voice of women leaders from all geographical regions and backgrounds," she said.
The Catholic social justice lobby Network has collected nearly 1,000 letters from women religious to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, urging him to adopt a "fair and moral" federal budget.
GSR Today: As Sr. Joan Chittister told us at the recent Fourth International Oblate Congress in Rome, Oblates "are not meant to simply be consumers of the Benedictine tradition. You are meant to be carriers of the tradition. You are the future of the order."