Before the latest troubles with Boko Haram militants acting in Nigeria began making international headlines, there were 47 Catholic sisters from three congregations working in the diocese around Maidugri. Sixteen sisters remain. They insist on completing their ministry despite the danger and refuse to abandon their communities.
Sr. Julie George believes God has called her to seek justice on behalf of women. A human rights lawyer and a member of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit in India, she is director of Streevani, a women’s empowerment organization. She said, "Many women would never have reached the court without our help."
Three stats and a map - Most climate scientists agree that the time to find clean and renewable sources of energy is now. And although officials from Accra to Ontario are moving toward solar power, there are still questions about clean energy best practices.
Daughters of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception sisters hold swimming lessons for children in central Vietnam, where annual flooding claims peoples' lives every year in the fall.
GSR Today - Nun Justice, a coalition of 15 progressive Catholic organizations in the United States, is asking Catholics to pray for women religious at their LCWR upcoming national assembly, which is August 12-16 in Nashville. Nun Justice is asking Catholics to pray for guidance for those at the assembly and for Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, who will receive the group’s Outstanding Leadership Award.
GSR Today - There is a direct connection between long-term volunteer service and religious life vocations. On that basis, the Catholic Volunteer Network has launched a three-year initiative to strengthen the vitality of women’s religious congregations. Here’s a snapshot of some data and reactions presented in Chicago last week at the kick-off symposium.
Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries have been encountering sex workers in the field (bars and brothels) for years. The sisters reach out to women and offer them love and listening and, if they want, shelter and a way out of the business, which is driven by poverty. They are also working to prevent entry into prostitution by educating women in rural areas, and they recently have been talking about their work at other dioceses so that the efforts can expand.