Laying down new cornerstones in Detroit

In the sprawling city of Detroit, which is regarded as the harbinger of post-industrial, urban America, live women religious, firmly planted, articulating a Catholic presence in a place of drastic transitions. No longer in the convents of their youth, the women endure with their neighbors the vicissitudes of a habitat where crime and abandoned properties are givens and well-functioning municipal services are not – and they are rebuilding church communities to serve as anchors of revitalization.

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” 

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'Call the Midwife' is a celebration of life

During the 1950s, the Anglican sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus ran a midwifery service and clinic out of their convent in the Poplar section of London's East End.  Working alongside them were young women who were trained nurses and qualified midwives. "Call the Midwife," a BBC dramatic series, is based on the stirring and candid memoirs of nurse Jennifer Lee Worth (1935-2011). 

Providing personal and professional development for young women

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul train young women to be housemaids and advocate for respectable working conditions in Vietnam's largest city. Sr. Pascale Le Thi Triu said her community saw a growing need for housemaids in the economically booming Ho Chi Minh City eight years ago, so they took the initiative to help. “We have trained 300 professional housemaids and have met only one fourth of the demand for housemaids in the city,” she said.

We can do better than this

Mercy Housing closes affordability gap in 21 states for families and seniors - One of the nation’s largest non-profit affordable housing developers, founded out of the Catholic duty to help the poor, today remains under the sponsorship of eight communities of Catholic sisters. Currently Mercy Housing operates in 21 states and serves more than 152,600 people on any given day. In addition, it has helped develop more than $2.8 billion in affordable real estate across the nation.