July marked the third time the Oblate Sisters of Providence were included in the decennial meeting of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The three Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary congregations, in Scranton and Immaculata, Pennsylvania; and Monroe, Michigan — and the Oblates — share a biracial co-founder in Theresa Maxis Duchemin. The meeting is a time for the congregations to celebrate their shared history and to update each other on their lives and ministries. For more than 160 years, the congregations' common history had been kept closely under wraps by leadership in the Immaculate Heart of Mary communities who did not want to be associated with a black sister.
GSR Today - Just as the news was breaking that enough U.S. Senators have declared their support for the Iran Nuclear Deal for it to survive a veto override, U. S. women religious were weighing in. A letter, signed by over 4100 of us from more than 30 congregations, was being delivered to Senators and Representatives urging our support for the agreement.
Conversations with Sr. Camille - David Hammer, 56,is an inmate serving a life sentence without parole. He talks about his conversion to Catholicism, choices and giving back.
When there’s a break in the clouds in northern Tanzania, clear skies reveal the most stunning panorama of mountains. The snow-peaked plateau of Mt. Kilimanjaro is in one direction, and the stark outlines of Mt. Meru is in the other. Tucked between the peaks and fortified with clear mountain air, the Holy Spirit Sisters built the Theological Pastoral Center of Rauya, a tranquil theology college, where Sr. Theresia Fidelis Tarimo challenges men and women religious to learn about morality, in order to answer challenging questions from the young generations
See for Yourself - The many observances of World War II anniversaries this year are insightful reminders about the devastation from worldwide inhumanity. These reminders sent me reviewing a remarkable event in my own life that occurred in 1975 — 40 years ago. On a sunny and pleasant July 31, 1975, I spent a day with Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, in his home with second wife, Fritzi, in Basel, Switzerland.
GSR Today - Bomb blasts, shootings and suicide bombers are the every day stories we hear about Afghanistan, but in the midst of it all, brave women religious are undeterred. Three sisters serve the most underserved people of Kabul, creating alternative stories of hope.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - Why would you want to give your entire day to God if it's been a really tough day?
Three Stats and a Map - This morning, the Pew Research Center released a 140-page report on the beliefs and opinions of the United States’ Catholic adult population, an in-depth look at what they believe about family life and the church.
GSR Today - A week back I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon and evening with the Dominican sisters in San Rafael, California. Over a dinner meal several of us talked about books and which authors had influenced our thinking in recent years. Someone asked me: “Which book, published in recent years or decades, most influenced my thinking?”
For those who pay attention to the United Nations, this year is shaping up to be something of a milestone, with the last half of the year in particular taking pride of place for global significance. Three major conferences — on financing for development, sustainable development goals and climate change — take place this year, and with their leadership of committees, subcommittees, forums and working groups, Catholic sisters have carved out a well-respected niche in the U.N. system.