"Her prompt and efficient intervention saved us," says one fisherman, home in India after being detained in Iran. In her 15 years in Tamil Nadu's coastal towns, Sr. Josephine Amala Valarmathi of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has handled scores of cases for Indian migrant workers. She has also made it her priority to organize awareness programs to help such workers avoid exploitation.
There is a need for congregations to grapple more deeply with interculturality as a counterpoint to the global trend toward stronger borders and nativism, one sister said.
Catholic leaders have decried the Senate's rejection of compromise legislation to protect young immigrants brought to the United States as children, and the role that the Trump administration played in discouraging consensus.
Hue City, Vietnam - During the Tet or Lunar New Year, revelers consume a bewildering variety of food. Amid the frenzy of activity, food contamination can be a serious threat. The Daughters of Mary Immaculate have chosen the time leading up to the holiday to educate people, especially those who are ill or with limited resources, to avoid the risks of food poisoning.
Sr. Kateri Mitchell played a role in the miracle that cemented St. Kateri Tekakwitha's sainthood cause. For two decades, Mitchell has served as executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference, an annual gathering for those ministering to Native American Catholics.
In Conversation - Global Sisters Report columnist Sr. Nancy Sylvester explains contemplation and leads listeners through the setup for a regular meditative practice.
NCR Podcast: Anti-trafficking efforts in Haiti; younger sisters write about realities of religious life
In Conversation - Global Sisters Report's Chris Herlinger on anti-trafficking efforts in Haiti and at the U.N.; Srs. Sarah Kohles and Susan Francois talk about their new book.
Notes from the Field - Wherever your service leads you — in an office, in a classroom, at a meeting, or on a train ride home — don't lose sight of what is always at stake: real people's lives.
U.S. sisters at the U.N. spoke with GSR about their challenges as Americans serving on a global stage during the Trump administration. Sisters sympathize with Americans who are soul searching during this time of deep division. Some suggest that such questions of identity may benefit the U.S. in the long term.
Notes from the Field - There is a Haitian proverb that translates to "Follow your heart," and this island and its people provide plenty of opportunities to do just that in a manner that is true to self and remembers where you came from and what shaped you.
An order of nuns has withdrawn from an especially violent city after the parents and sister of one of the women religious were kidnapped and killed.
The Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, where two priests were murdered Feb. 5, said in a statement that the nuns from the Comunidad Guadalupana (Guadalupe Community) had withdrawn because of a lack of security, leaving a school it operated in the city of Chilapa without staff.
Schools in Chilapa had suspended classes from September to December because of the insecurity, the statement said.
The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters' clinic in Kwesi Fante isn't just far from Ghana's capital, Accra, it's far from everywhere. With limited resources, three sisters and their staff serve about 1,000 people each month. The clinic was established as part of the congregation's mission to "continue the healing ministry of Christ," says Sr. Mary Nkrumah, the clinic's administrator. Initially, sisters from Germany and the U.S. had come as missionaries to Ghana in 1946 and years later sought isolated areas to care for those far from established medical care.
"The only case that we make is on behalf of the Gospel and our obligation as a community of faith to tend to the least among us. And I think that's a message that all Catholics, regardless of where they stand in the political spectrum, can hear."
The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the order begun by St. Katharine Drexel 127 years ago, may have found a buyer for its 44-acre motherhouse property outside Philadelphia.
We have a sense of the direction into which religious life is moving as seeds of a rich diversity are budding into a growing internationality and interculturality in religious communities in Canada and the United States.
The collaborative governance model helps congregations in need of financial and leadership assistance. The civil corporations from two or more congregations create a third corporation, which handles insurance, human resources, property management, legal issues, and all other tasks the congregations require. This frees up congregations' leadership to focus on spiritual issues.
Paris - The community of the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity, or Sisters Adoratrices, was founded in Spain to minister to women who were prostitutes; in France today, the sisters continue to help women who were trafficked from other countries and who likewise need assistance leaving prostitution work they were forced into.
Santiago, Chile - Inside the chapel of the San Joaquín central women's penitentiary in Santiago, Chile, the handful of female inmates who met Pope Francis gathered to discuss their awe of and gratitude for the personalized Jan. 16 encounter. And nearly every woman who shared her experience with the Chilean media surrounding the inmates also thanked Good Shepherd Sr. Nelly Leon, head of the country's pastoral efforts in the jail system.
Human trafficking is a potent global issue to religious sisters and their colleagues within Catholic humanitarian networks. The Sisters of St. John the Evangelist combat trafficking in Haiti through Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús, a shelter for potentially trafficked children and unaccompanied minors trying to cross the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.