As climate change wreaks havoc on rural Africa, sisters are adapting their programs to encourage environmental protection. Four sisters speak about how their congregations are discovering ways to adapt to the new need for being green.
See for Yourself - We arrived at the same time and walked together to the entrance portico. The door wasn't yet unlocked so we had a few minutes to chat.
" . . . . With sweet and scarless sky stir in my ears, speak there of God’s love, O live air, of patience, penance, prayer: World-mothering air, air wild, wound with thee, in thee isled, fold home, fast fold thy child."Read more
From The Field Hospital: Sisters' welcome center in Philadelphia teaches newcomers English, guides them through the byzantine naturalization process, and forms 'a real community.'
Thanks to a new $240,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University will conduct four studies of women religious and host a visiting scholar.
Remember the romantic musical "South Pacific"? The idyllic life where people lived peacefully together in unlimited sunshine surrounded by white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters was so mesmerizing. Unfortunately, our fantasies keep us from seeing some of the harsh realities beyond the beaches. Sr. Judith Moore was the provincial of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary and also the secretary for the Conference of Religious Women and Men.
Notes from the Field - In mid-2015, while sitting in an office that overlooked the Hudson River in a tall skyscraper in downtown Manhattan, I realized that there was more to life than reviewing financial policies and attending endless meetings.
A new book by Sr. Susan K. Wood, a theologian and Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, and Timothy J. Wengert, a Lutheran historian, sheds light on the similarities and differences of Catholicism and Lutheranism in time for the start of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.
GSR Today - Haiti seems to get hit by one natural disaster after another, but its people express a distrust of the aid organizations that routinely pour in to offer "recovery." The country really needs deep and lasting infrastructure development.
GSR Today - Voices lifted in song as more than 135 sisters from 123 congregations across Africa carried lit candles from meeting rooms where Mass had been celebrated down the hotel's sweeping staircase and into the warm Nairobi night.
Dominican sisters are making use of purification equipment to provide clean water to people who struggle in Vietnam, a place where wells are often polluted or dry. The sisters' water costs less and tastes better than water people can buy elsewhere, and distributing it allows the sisters a chance to meet people and see what else they may need, such as other basic necessities or day care for their children.
Sr. Magdalena Pascual is one of six Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer who does outreach work on La Línea, "The Line," Guatemala City's well-known, notorious red-light district. Seven days a week, nearly 24 hours a day, as many as 250 women or more ranging in age from their early 20s to mid-60s work as prostitutes on a barren, two-block stretch of grim row houses where a weed-covered train track divides the bleak street in half.
The Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate manage a school that provides life skills training, a community and job-readyness to 300 people at a time who otherwise were struggling in conventional academic settings or even being kept isolated by their parents because of their mental disabilities.