Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly help 130 lay staff care for 380 residents at Santovenia home for the aged and for 140 daytime visitors needing food and other support in the capital of Cuba, and the Catholic Comunidad de Sant’Egidio has 200 volunteers in Havana who pair older people with the young to enrich the lives of the poor of all ages.
GSR Today - Does anyone else think that women religious should be issued superhero capes with their habits? Certainly Nicholas Kristof does after writing in the The New York Times over the weekend that nuns just might trump Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. But you and I both know that sisters doing super things is just par for the course, as we see once again this week.
A lifetime of teaching reached a pinnacle in the 1980s for Sr. Dominica Siegel, OP, when she helped Dr. Dzingai Mutumbuka, minister of education in newly independent Zimbabwe, develop various programs that resulted in free primary school education for all.
In addressing the religious of Korea August 16, Pope Francis stressed the need to live joy-filled lives. “Only if our witness is joyful will we attract men and women to Christ,” he said. “And this joy is a gift, which is nourished by a life of prayer, meditation on the word of God, the celebration of the sacraments and life in community. When these are lacking, weaknesses and difficulties will emerge to dampen the joy we knew so well at the beginning of our journey.”
Almost two weeks ago, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., after being stopped for jaywalking. In a very complext situation, there is evidence that race determines how and what Americans think about Brown’s killing. Last week, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press surveyed 1,000 adults about the death and subsequent protests and police action.
Sr. Josephine Huynh Thi Ly, a member of Da Nang Province of Saint Paul de Chartres, is one of the first Catholic nuns invited to give medical treatment to people with HIV/AIDS at the Central Hospital run by the government in Hue City, central Vietnam.
GSR Today - As would most supporters of sisters across the country, I would like to see the investigation of LCWR come to an end with the result being both sides finding common ground and a renewed commitment to the Gospel. Though I am no longer living and working with sisters, their spirit remains an integral part of how I perceive my own call to live the Gospel.
If you’re a fan of Catholic sisters, you’ve probably heard already about Nicholas Kristof’s column in The New York Times over the weekend. Now I’m certainly a fan. But I didn’t see the Kristof piece until now, catching up with the news from Lusaka, Zambia, where I’m attending a gathering of women religious leaders from nine African countries.
Sacred Heart sisters say money plays god in Korean society today, deploring the opening of a major building for off-track race horse betting. It stands only a stone's throw from Sacred Heart Girls High School where South Korean President Park Geun-hye graduated in 1971.