The Marlin mine began operations in 2005 in the regions of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipacapa, Guatemala, communities largely composed of indigenous Mayans. The mine brought jobs and prosperity to some residents, but also changed both the landscape and the social fabric of the indigenous community. The mine is slated to cease operations, renewing issues about the economics, environmental and social costs of its operation.
GSR Today - Most of us know migrants as numbers or through stories we read; recently, I had the opportunity to go on a Border Witness Program retreat and, with four Mercy associates, see several ministries in the Rio Grande Valley firsthand.
"I am often angry. I don't accept criminality, death, torture, bombings. I can't cope with that. I have a desire to see something else. I am impatient. I want the Kingdom now. I want the peace now."Read more
Catholic sisters could be of greater service to the church in various parts of the world were they able to "go a step further" and be ordained as deacons, says Sr. Carmen Sammut, president of the International Union of Superiors General, the global network of some 500,000 Catholic women religious.
Notes from the Field - Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me knows that I like noise. The weekend of May 14, all of the East Coast Good Shepherd volunteers spent their time at a retreat center in New Jersey. This particular retreat happened to be a Silent Spirituality Retreat, which could also be referred to as my worst nightmare.
Daughters of Charity Sr. Abeba Hadgu, 50, looks on with pride at the food-preparation class. Since 1992, more than 2,000 young women have graduated from the congregation's six-month women's empowerment program in food preparation or sewing. Even the current teacher, Bedla Solomon, is a successful product of the empowerment course. She graduated from the food-preparation program six years ago, gained experience working for the Filippini Sisters in the nearby town of Adigrat, and returned to teach this class.
GSR Today - In working for peace — in assisting refugees from both Syria and Iraq with no partiality as far as religious affiliation, for example — Nassif and other women religious I met in Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon, and in Jordan, see life with a different lens than most of us.
Getting corporations to talk about climate change, human trafficking and social justice is what many women religious have been doing for decades. They also target their own investments into socially responsible projects that align with their missions.
A health facility built in 2012 and funded by Goldcorp stands not far from downtown San Miguel Ixtahuacán. It's an impressive sprawling white complex with a large parking lot, but it does not have the capacity to provide much service.
A church plan to build a nursing college in a rural village is upended when they discover the site has been turned into an illegal gold mine. The price of gold, lax regulation and an impoverished population of subsistence farmers practically guarantee against change in the West African nation.
Small trailers peppered the barren colonia of Penitas, Texas, when Immaculate Heart of Mary Srs. Fatima Santiago, Emily Jocson and Carolyn Kosub arrived in 2003. A recent tornado had ravaged the border town in the Rio Grande Valley, and its residents were long underserved: the town had no shops, schools or Catholic church. Neighbors were strangers, often only making contact at the single stop sign when they dropped off their kids for the school bus.
Catholic women religious working as nurses in government hospitals are a rare sight in India. An exception is Sr. Betsy Alunkal, a senior nurse in the government hospital in Palai, a predominantly Catholic town in the Kottayam district of Kerala.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - In this episode of "Ask Sister," we talk about community life and how it affects your opportunities to see your families and friends and take part in life-giving relationships.
See for Yourself - "You'd take me there? You'd really take me there? Wow-ee! It's my favorite place." I glanced at the 7-year-old's mother, a long-time friend. We were sitting in her kitchen having a casual ice tea.
Three Stats and a Map - Food insecurity — "limited or uncertain" access to food — is a problem for every single county in the United States.
GSR Today - Sr. Veronika Terezia Rackova, a Slovakian nurse who has been working in South Sudan, has died. Rackova was shot May 17 in the abdomen while she was driving a patient to a hospital near Yei.
The Victory Noll sisters are selling their land to a trust at a price based on fair market value — a move that many other communities of women religious in the United States have made to preserve land from development. In some cases, the preservation provides money that can pay for other expenses; in others, communities forgo a larger windfall by preserving land that developers would pay handsomely for.