In today's market, small colleges and universities have to be nimble. In July, Immaculata University, founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is taking a step that is both historically significant and perhaps important to the school's long-term prospects: bringing in a president who was instrumental in helping another Catholic university find a firmer financial footing. She also happens to be the school's first president who is not a Catholic sister or priest.
Contention over the relocation of Ireland's new national maternity hospital to a site owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity in Dublin has raised questions about the clinical independence of the new facility and thrust the congregation into the public spotlight, rekindling attention to past controversies.
"Harmony ... all beings live and grow in communion ... all tribes of beings grow in love ... everything is nourished by the wilderness of God.
Abundance ... abundance of food, of species that crawl, fly, walk or swim."
Convocation of Catholic Leaders: Dominican Sr. Marie Bernadette Thompson will attend the event as part of a Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious delegation.
Series review - "The Keepers" is an outstanding series that integrates interviews and evidence to examine a story involving the murder of two young women nearly 50 years ago, sex abuse of minors on a devastating scale and possible cover-ups.
Related - Q & A with Gemma Hoskins from 'The Keepers' and series director Ryan White
Ursuline sisters, teachers, school principals and representatives of parents from all over France came to Paris May 6-8 to share their experiences and discuss the ways they face the challenges of climate change and migration.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - How do you choose between things that are all really good? In this Random Nun Clip, Dominical Sr. Mattie Sterner talks about distraction and direction on her journey to religious life.
Based in Sydney, Marist Sr. Noelene Simmons lives in a "destination country," or the final stop for trafficked people — in Australia's case, trafficked people from Asia. Simmons is the president of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), which is among the many networks of sisters around the globe that combat human trafficking.
Over the past two months, Fundación Madre Josefa has created a mini-community of support — a yoga class where together we also practice self-care activities, such as personal reflection and group discussion.
Sr. Cécile Renouard, a graduate of ESSEC, one of the best business schools in France, is both a professor and an actor for change in the economic field. Before joining the Religious of the Assumption, she traveled extensively all around the world. She holds a doctorate in political philosophy and now teaches at ESSEC and at Centre Sèvres, a Jesuit university in Paris. She also continues her research on ethics and economics, promoting a concept of ecologically and socially responsible and sustainable development in corporations around the world.
Prison Ministry India helps inmates overcome criminal pasts and rejoin mainstream society. More than 4,000 Catholic nuns from 200 congregations volunteer with the ministry across India. Catholic women religious are considered to be the backbone of the prison ministry.
How does a girl growing up as a gymnast and cheerleader in northern California end up as a Benedictine nun who splits her time between a convent in Dinklage, Germany, and another in Connemara, Ireland?
Pleiku City, Vietnam - The homes run by Filles de la Médaille Miraculeuse nuns provide children health care and education, along with opportunities to learn from each other's ethnic traditions. Once grown, the orphans take those skills into their communities.
Book Review: The roots of a new understanding of religious life lie in an understanding of the paradigm religious have historically followed and the often misunderstood and misrepresented history of religious life.
GSR Today - I was always a little sad about the separation of the sheep from the goats at the Last Judgment. Sheep, welcome to heaven. Goats, off to the bad place.
"When a country is at war, there's no such thing as a safe place," said Fadi Ali, a Syrian refugee currently living with Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus sisters in Buenos Aires. The sisters sponsored him and his family through the Foundation of the Argentine Catholic Commission on Migration in 2015. To Ali, the sisters who took him in are "the best followers" of Jesus, and those who believe in whatever God they want, whatever prophet they want, must consider what those prophets would do today, he said.
Four Kenyan sisters from the Little Daughters of St. Joseph Congregation run the Muyanza Health Center for the Byomba Diocese, but the missionary sisters are providing more than just health care. Seeing them as a rock of support for the community, residents have begun to accept the sisters into the fabric of their lives. In a country that is trying to outrun the shadow of its own history, trust can be the most precious commodity. And trust is something the sisters are slowly nurturing, despite their outsider status, as residents of Muyanza begin to reveal the terrible things they witnessed.
Catholic women religious know using the internet to recruit new sisters is effective, and though few have a strategy for exactly how to do that, they're willing to learn, new research shows. A study released April 18 by A Nun's Life Ministry says most congregations have an online presence — usually a website and a Facebook page — and are eager to further their use of the internet to connect with women discerning a call to religious life.