Educational training and hands-on therapy are tools to help returning child soldiers in northern Uganda rebuild their lives. One group of Sacred Heart of Jesus sisters adapted programs at Santa Monica school to accommodate the waves of female soldiers returning from the bush with children from Kony’s soldiers, incorporating therapy into vocational training, to equip the girls with tools for economic and emotional independence.
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GSR Today - A new six-week show premieres tonight on the Lifetime network; Global Sisters Report talked with two of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, one of the three communities that opened their doors to the TV cameras filming five young women beginning to discern religious life.
A year after Haiyan struck, the work of various foreign and local civic groups who jumped in to help continues. Aside from Catholic church agencies, an Israeli military team and an American Jewish group are among those providing assistance.
Every sister has a unique vocation story, but Benedictine Sr. Heather Jean Foltz’s seems to take a more creative route: from the United Methodist Church to the Benedictines, with stops at an ecumenical religious community and a prison along the way.
GSR Today - NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby cheered last week’s news that President Obama would use executive action to begin immigration reform, noting it is something the group has pushed for years. But there is still a long way to go, said Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell, NETWORK’s executive director.
Three Stats and a Map - Last week, the Pew Research Center released the results of massive survey of religious life in Latin America. The big news out of the survey is that the traditionally Catholic region – 40 percent of the world’s Catholic live there – is becoming increasingly Pentecostal.
Last month, when the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate released a special report on American women religious, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill were featured for their growth – not in the Pittsburgh area, where they are from, but in South Korea, where they started ministering in 1960. In 1965, Sr. Sung Hae Kim became one of the congregation’s first two Korean postulants, and in August she became its first Korean General Superior.
Reconciliation is complex in northern Uganda, where children were both victims and perpetrators of a decades-long civil war. Religious leaders are employing traditional ceremonies to try to bring closure. And as the children who had been "conscripted" into Kony's criminal army emerged from the bush and tried to come home, the scarred communities they left struggled to absorb them. Sr. Pauline Acayo, a Little Sister of Mary Immaculate of Gulu, was the director of Catholic Relief Services in northern Uganda for 14 years before moving to another post with CRS. She calls these children “returnees.”
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GSR Today - Just try to resist reading a story under this headline: “Golf cart nun to retire at 93.” I couldn’t do it this week. So read on.
GSR Today - A couple of weeks ago a headline caught my attention: “How can a three year old represent himself in court?” Having been a legal aid attorney for over 20 years, I was curious. How could anyone expect that? We in the U.S. have legal protections in place when children’s welfare is at stake. The system has safeguards which are supposed to prevent their return to dangerous situations.