While South Sudan regains stability in the wake of recent violence, Catholic sisters serving as part of an interfaith coalition hope that efforts to improve conditions in the nation can be sustained. "[The church] is providing assistance to the displaced, schooling, and health programs through many institutions, many of them run by sisters. Sisters in South Sudan hold institutions and programs that take care directly of people, in education, health, women's empowerment, agriculture, peace building and trauma healing."
From NCRonline.org - Pope Francis has issued a new set of guidelines for how Catholic women religious living in contemplative communities around the world should regulate their lifestyles, calling on them to implement changes in 12 areas.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - Can learning about the Catholic faith be a form of prayer? What about church History? In this Random Nun Clip, we talk about learning as an awesome thing that can be prayerful.
Nuns on the Bus - "So we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another." As we prayed with this Scripture at the start of the day Wednesday, we could not foresee how immersed we would be in the experience of being one body.
The spiritual desire to work with like-minded people is part of the reason that more and more people in North America are hearing the call to become associates. A study released July 18 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate shows, that since 2000, the number of associates in the United States has grown nearly 40 percent, from nearly 25,500 to more than 35,000 today. What are the implications for religious life?
GSR Today - It was a miracle on the level of the Red Sea parting. More than 100 kids in first to seventh grades were completely silent. For an hour. In church. I'd taught catechism to some of these kids, and I'd never seen them so rapt.
James Creedon is an Irish journalist based in Paris, where he is media editor on France 24's English-language network. He recently completed a documentary film, "Thanks to your Noble Shadow," on the life of his cousin, Sr. Paschal O'Sullivan. Born in 1912, O'Sullivan was the last Irish missionary nun to serve in Japan.
GSR Today - As I sat on the five-hour flight from Los Angeles to Orlando on July 9, headed to the 2016 Sisters of St. Joseph Federation Event, it was impossible not to find my thoughts drifting to the June 12 shooting at Pulse nightclub.
In April 1986, three Servants of Mary Sisters founded the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center in Portland, Oregon, to help local parishes address unmet mental health needs.
Nuns on the Bus blog - Our mission in Cleveland was simply to offer free cups of lemonade to thirsty folks and start conversations. Lemonade is something you have on picnics, and who doesn't like a cup of lemonade on a hot day? Well, it turns out that many people don't.
The maternal waiting area for expectant mothers at the Medical Mission Sisters' hospital in Attat has virtually wiped out obstetric fistula in the local area, but it's also taken a stable team of dedicated health professionals to make progress over 50 years of service. Clean water projects and health education have reduced other medical problems, too.
Colonization has not ended, said speakers at the July 7-10 Sisters of Earth convention: Governments and industries are still taking land from indigenous people, largely destroying ecosystems for profit.
After 33 years as a doctor in Ethiopia, Sr. Antonia (Toni) Redito, a Medical Mission Sister with common sense, a cool head during emergencies and a willingness to be creative, has found these traits helpful in challenging medical conditions of developing countries.