There are about 5,000 Hispanic sisters in the U.S., meeting a growing need. At the same time, the sisters tend to be apart from their communities and can feel disconnected from the wider church. The Association of Hispanic Sisters in the United States, an informal, grassroots network hosting biannual meetings since 2008, has received a grant that will develop its management so as to be able to offer acculturation and ongoing formation services and be a resource to leadership teams in Latin America.
GSR Today - One thing that is certain about the presidency of Donald Trump: It has caused millions of people to find a new voice in protest. And among them are women religious. Let's be clear: Sisters have always had a voice — and a powerful one — and they've never been afraid to use it.
"When foreigners live with you in your land, do not mistreat them. You shall treat the foreigner who lives with you no differently than the citizens born among you; you shall love them as yourself; for you too were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God."Read more
Candida Bellotti, Italy's oldest native-born nun, celebrated her 110th birthday Feb. 20: "Love, love and keep on loving. With joy!" Bellotti said as she marked the big milestone at the convent where she lives in the Tuscan town of Lucca.
In Juárez, Mexico, where cartels have left families mourning loved ones and women fending for their families, the Centro Santa Catalina provides opportunity for about 20 women to utilize various creative and management skills to help them generate a survival income.
Sr. Teresa Gomez and Sr. Yexci Moreno of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Castres have teamed up with Caritas de Venezuela to address the lack of food in their community. Amid Venezuela's faltering economy, they have a preschool that serves 110 children and provides them two meals a day. A Saturday clinic tracks child development and malnourishment, finding more children who need assistance.
Each February, Notre Dame de Namur University remembers its most famous alumna: Sr. Dorothy Stang, an environmental activist who was shot to death February 12, 2005, in Brazil. This year, the commemoration on the Belmont, California, campus had fresh grief to process.
GSR Today - Sr. Charmaine Krohe and Sr. Arlene Flaherty, told me that partnering with Beyond Borders is a way for the Atlantic-Midwest Province to have an impact in Haiti without, as Flaherty called it, "putting boots on the ground."
Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald is a pioneering Irish Mercy sister, a nurse by training, who has spearheaded the provision of residential treatment for those with addictions in Ireland for 50 years. She has a saying: No matter how difficult the obstacle she faces, "Our Lady will provide."
Leaders of some of the congregations of women religious invited to Rome last year for further discussion of the apostolic visitation in the United States told Global Sisters Report they considered their trips constructive and a sign of better relations with Rome.
In October, when nearly 150 sisters came together in Nairobi from across Africa for the Hilton Foundation and African Sisters Education Collaborative Convening, most of the time was devoted to exploring the future of sisters and their ministries. But before looking forward, it is essential to look back at the stories that shaped each sister. Global Sisters Report led a writing workshop in Nairobi and, here, the sisters tell their stories.
There is little doubt that religious life will change, though no one knows what that change will bring. One place to look is at the new religious communities being formed — an act made much easier by a directory of those communities released Feb. 1.
In the coastal village on the outskirts of Quy Nhon City, central Vietnam, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary carry on a decadeslong tradition of service to people with Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy.
GSR Today - In its three years of existence, the International Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking has shown remarkable growth.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious issued a statement Monday about the executive orders that President Donald Trump issued Jan. 27, saying they show "misplaced priorities," denigrate American values and endanger all citizens.
Notes from the Field - I notice the injustices in the world around me a lot more. I notice the people around me a lot more — the people I interact with on a daily basis, but also the people I pass by and never speak to.
GSR Today - "Please remember that you have allies here." A sample letter may inspire you to reach out to Muslim neighbors with a simple message: We see how Muslims are being treated, and we don't like it.