Organizations responding to the immigration crisis on the United States’ southern border initially faced their biggest challenge in the overwhelming numbers of refugees coming across. Now, their challenge is a federal administration bent on sending them back: “We are very disheartened by the President’s aggressive actions towards immigrants,” said Holy Cross Sr. Suzanne Brennan, who directs Holy Cross Ministries in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A Nun's Life Podcast - Sr. Jill Underdahl, CSJ, talks about the lifestyle changes that one undergoes when taking vows to become a nun, in this live broadcase from St. Paul, Minn., in March when A Nun's Life was on one of its Motherhouse Road Trips.
As Pope Francis' plane was cruising through Chinese airspace in mid-August en route to his first visit to the Far East, 20 Chinese priests and nuns were assembling halfway around the globe at a retreat house in the United States, preparing to begin a week of quiet prayer and reflection. The gathering at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Long Island, N.Y., was affiliated with the Chinese Seminary Teachers and Formators Project, an initiative launched by Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in 1991 to help train priests and women religious for various leadership roles in the church in China.
It’s impossible to know exactly how many women entered religious life with an unrequited or latent desire for priestly ministry. But if the current number of Womenpriests who used to be sisters is any indication, it was more than a few. There’s no hard data on the issue, but insiders at Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an international organization that has ordained about 103 women and married men since 2002, estimate that more than half of the women they’ve ordained were once Catholic sisters.
GSR Today - The open-ended ceasefire in Gaza and Israel provides an opportunity to negotiate an end to the violence, including the blockade of Gaza. The situation was looking very bleak. Civilians in Gaza have been bearing the brunt of it. News from the West Bank is indicating that the situation there is also deteriorating. Most of us probably wouldn’t want to go there. But Allegany Franciscan Sr. Kathie Uhler is doing just that.
In 1958, eight Dominican sisters from Sparkill, N.Y., traveled to Bahawalpur, Pakistan, as missionaries. Within seven years, a Pakistani congregation of Dominican sisters was receiving its first postulants. Today, there are 14 Pakistani Sparkill Dominicans sisters serving Pakistan’s Christian community in education and health ministries. Two of them talked to GSR about their ministries while visiting their U.S. motherhouse this month.
See for Yourself - One of the highlights of summer is going to the fair. It doesn’t matter what type – county fair, regional fair, state fair. Any fair is a grand celebration of what’s best about society, including agriculture, home arts, food and community.
GSR Today - What a bumper crop of feel-good stories this week from the mainstream media that show the depth and breadth – and occasionally oddball joy – of life as a sister. And one of these stories simply cries out to be discussed during happy hour.