Financial education to help sisters “manage the little resources they have” on road to self-sufficiency - As American and European donations to Catholic organizations decline, congregations in Africa are trying to come up with creative ways to maintain the programs that provide essential services in rural areas, often beyond the reach of the government services. One innovative approach is securing education so that sisters can take charge of their finances, to help congregations become financially self-sufficient.
GSR Today - The Major League Baseball season in the United States ended this week with the San Francisco Giants beating my hometown the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. But the Royals had a particularly ardent group of supporters on their side. Read on.
Nuns on the Bus Day 45 - Sr. Simone Cambell and her colleagues are in Iowa for voter rallies and canvassing (to collect early voting ballots) for a few more days, then head to Wisconsin for the culmination of We the People, We the Voters tour. Just a little more than three days to go!
GSR Today - We share the story of Sr. Ann Kelly and two other Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary who are using their education network in Liberia to educate people about how Ebola spreads. Where they are, the number of cases is currently dropping.
The man who served a prison term for the 1995 murder of a Franciscan Clarist nun said that the forgiveness shown to him by the slain nun's family has given him "new life."
Samandhar Singh told Catholic News Service that he experienced a "rebirth" during a 2002 visit by Sr. Selmy, the younger sister of slain Sr. Rani Maria Vattalil, while he was in prison.
Three Stats and a Map - Ebola is about more than just healthcare. As Melanie Lidman, Global Sisters Report’s Africa and Middle East correspondent, reported earlier this month, when an epidemic meets an already fragile social infrastructures, the reverberations are felt on multiple levels. One perhaps surprising example of this is the effect Ebola has had on the world’s chocolate industry.
Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Vietnam prepare and sell traditional herbal remedies to support their community, but after their farmland was taken by the government for a new economic zone this year, they have to get their raw materials from other sources. The nuns plan to buy new land and build their houses near existing residential areas. “Our congregation’s mission is to live and do manual work among poor workers, to serve them.”
GSR Today - Sometimes we have to do what we’re called to do, even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard, perhaps. When people are at their worst – when they’re racist, sexist, violent and mean – as Christians, we are still called to love them.