For nearly 130 years, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters have made it their mission to spread the Gospel, reaching 19 countries and five continents. However, in recent years, the sisters have been expanding their mission to reach cyberspace.
GSR Today - Global Sisters Report launched its website April 22, and today I’m celebrating the name, the staff, the Catholic sisters and the catholic values that drive our work. Here's a list of some favorite articles showing the scope of the stories we share.
Three members of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary ministering in Texas were named the winners of the LumenChristi (Light of Christ) Award given each year by Catholic Extension. The three winners – Srs. Carolyn Kosub, Emily Jocson and Fatima Santiago – arrived in the South Texas "colonia" of Penitas, located in the Diocese of Brownsville, in 2003 after a tornado ravaged the poverty-ridden community, and since then have worked with residents to help meet some of their most basic needs.
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.
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.
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.
Three Stats and a Map - Although we’re more than a month past the autumnal equinox, in many parts of the U.S., it’s only now beginning to look like fall. To celebrate cooler temps, shorter days and changing leaves, here are a few fun fall stats.
When Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Kathleen Burns built a website for her congregation in 1995, she wasn’t aware that she was making history. But as it turned out, her (300-page, hand-coded!) website was the very first website solely for Catholic women religious in existence.