Six sisters who serve American Indian village in Arizona feel blessed

She's in her 30s ‒ only 1 percent of women religious are. And she's an elementary school teacher. Fewer than 2,000 women religious ‒ 2 percent of all sisters ‒ teach in U.S. Catholic grade schools. Yet she said she's joyfully where she needs to be and is not discouraged by the few number women choosing religious life. "I wouldn't necessarily say there's a drop in vocations as much as there is a drop in the 'yes' ‒ you know, the response to the call," she told Catholic News Service during a recent interview at St. Peter Indian Mission School in Bapchule. "I think God is calling and calling and calling."

"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  All the members of the body, though they are many, are one body. You are Christ’s body, and individually members of it."

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History professor takes on homelessness on campus

An oral history project at St. Catherine University is an unique first-person archive that documents, in an academically rigorous way, the intersection of housing insecurity and higher education, an experience far more common than it may seem. It was developed by Louise Edwards-Simpson, a history professor at the university, with the help of Sr. Amata Miller, a member of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Q & A with Sr. Thecla Tran Thi Giong

Notre Dame Sr. Thecla Tran Thi Giong, who earned a doctoral degree in counseling and psychotherapy from the Philippines in 1993, has taught at universities and in inter-congregational theological formation programs for men and women religious for more than 20 years in Vietnam. Giong is among the first Catholic nuns who were allowed to study abroad in the late 1980s after the country was reunified under communist rule in 1975 when the war ended.

A green new world

Released last week, the encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for our Common Home" by Pope Francis is a forceful and integrated teaching on environmentalism. Global Sisters Report interviewed a number of sisters and academics around the world who have long worked on environmental issues, and overwhelmingly, they talked about feeling excited, optimistic and also grateful. They also were realistic. They know setbacks and frustrations are ahead. But the clear language of the encyclical leaves no room for doubt: The world is in peril, human beings are the cause, and we can also be the solution.

Canadian bioethicist, Aquinas fan among women to advise Holy See

Moira McQueen, a theology professor and a fan of St. Thomas Aquinas, views her appointment into a prestigious Catholic commission as cumulative of her faith and decisions made throughout her life. “I find that it is only possible to be humble before his incredible gifts of reasoning, insight and faith,” said McQueen of the 13th-century theologian and philosopher.

From the inside looking out

Notes from the Field - When I applied to be a VIDES volunteer, living in community with the sisters was a strategic move. One, I wanted to be living in a safe environment; I trusted that a community of nuns would be able to provide that. Two, I wanted to grow in my faith. Three, I particularly like structure and order, which life in community promises.