It’s impossible to know exactly how many women entered religious life with an unrequited or latent desire for priestly ministry. But if the current number of Womenpriests who used to be sisters is any indication, it was more than a few. There’s no hard data on the issue, but insiders at Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an international organization that has ordained about 103 women and married men since 2002, estimate that more than half of the women they’ve ordained were once Catholic sisters.
See for Yourself - One of the highlights of summer is going to the fair. It doesn’t matter what type – county fair, regional fair, state fair. Any fair is a grand celebration of what’s best about society, including agriculture, home arts, food and community.
Three stats and a map - Yesterday, on Women’s Equality Day, many people in the United States celebrated the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. However, economic inequality is still a factor when it comes to gender in developed as well as developing nations.
In 1958, eight Dominican sisters from Sparkill, N.Y., traveled to Bahawalpur, Pakistan, as missionaries. Within seven years, a Pakistani congregation of Dominican sisters was receiving its first postulants. Today, there are 14 Pakistani Sparkill Dominicans sisters serving Pakistan’s Christian community in education and health ministries. Two of them talked to GSR about their ministries while visiting their U.S. motherhouse this month.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - Does a fire burn within certain people that compels them to want more from their religion? Sr. Patricia Wittberg talks about people who are constantly searching.
A lifetime of teaching reached a pinnacle in the 1980s for Sr. Dominica Siegel, OP, when she helped Dr. Dzingai Mutumbuka, minister of education in newly independent Zimbabwe, develop various programs that resulted in free primary school education for all.
GSR Today - The Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) launched a new website August 19 to be one of the integral channels for sisters in the nine member African countries to communicate to the outside world.
GSR Today - The situation in Iraq for Christians and others is growing desperate, as there is enormous lack of supplements, food, water, clothes, medication, housing and money. And Erbil cannot accommodate all these people. However, we are doing what we can. All sisters, who are able to work, leave every morning and are out until evening, trying to help people settle and provide some food, with the help of the church and refugee centers.