Lay missioners motivated by chance to serve, live simply, find challenge

Maryknoll Lay Missioners celebrated its 40th anniversary in August. It began as a collaborative effort of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and Maryknoll Sisters, but became a separate organization in 1994. Since 1975, more than 700 Catholics have served as Maryknoll lay missioners in Africa, Asia and the Americas. The current class ranges in age from 23 to 60 and reflects the organization's historical composition of single men and women, couples and families.

“God has called you to give your whole self to him, including your tendency to fail. And, God cannot fail.”

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Sisters in Africa discuss: Anticipating Pope Francis' visit

Since launching the Global Sisters Report Africa:Connect discussion group last month on the WhatsApp platform, we've reached almost 40 sisters in six countries. Every week, we discuss an article from Global Sisters Report or a question. Ahead of Pope Francis' first trip to Africa Nov. 25-30, the sisters shared their hopes and dreams for the visit.

A connection to the people: Pope Francis to receive vestments, welcome from less-privileged Kenyans

When the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis would visit Kenya later this month, women from the Dolly Craft center in Nairobi asked to celebrate the pope with three handmade vestments. The Vatican approved the request, and the women began to sew. Dolly Craft, which gets its name from its initial project of making African dolls, is an income-generating facility in Kangemi, a slum about 20 miles from the capital, operated by the Jesuit-run St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where Pope Francis will be visiting next week.

Sisters of CMSWR explore prophetic character of religious life at St. Louis symposium

More than 500 women religious from across the United States and Canada gathered last weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, for the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious' symposium on religious life, an event inspired by the Year of Consecrated Life and Pope Francis' 2014 call for men and women religious to "wake up the world."