The only nonprofit redemption center in New York City, Sure We Can, is an economic lifeline for more than 400 canners. They can cash in what they've gathered — in small amounts or bulk — for the state-mandated 5 cents per piece, or they can earn a bit more by counting and sorting. The organization, co-founded in 2007 by Sr. Martinez de Luco and Eugene Gadsden, has become a community and has plans to acquire its own property and become economically sustainable.
Nuns on the Bus Blog - We see a wellspring of hope with the possibility of eradicating the current culture of fear dominating much of the political environment around us. Accompanying that hope, we also see a wellspring of creativity among the people who attend the Nuns on the Bus rallies and caucuses, sharing their visions and dreams for another way forward.
GSR Today - It's easy to be concerned about the United States' practice of detaining immigrants. It's easy to be upset about imprisoning people fleeing violence and oppression. But even for those of us who are concerned and upset, it is still easy to forget what a profound effect mass detention is having.
From NCRonline.org - Pope Francis has issued a new set of guidelines for how Catholic women religious living in contemplative communities around the world should regulate their lifestyles, calling on them to implement changes in 12 areas.
Three Stats and a Map - It seems, these days, like every day there is a new report of violence. Whether violence to our environment, or violence to one another, these are not peaceful times in which we are living. There is much need for people to step in and do their part — as activists, innovators, and spiritual leaders — in order to help change the course.
While South Sudan regains stability in the wake of recent violence, Catholic sisters serving as part of an interfaith coalition hope that efforts to improve conditions in the nation can be sustained. "[The church] is providing assistance to the displaced, schooling, and health programs through many institutions, many of them run by sisters. Sisters in South Sudan hold institutions and programs that take care directly of people, in education, health, women's empowerment, agriculture, peace building and trauma healing."
Nuns on the Bus Blog - On the 10th day of the Nuns on the Bus tour, we encountered more of the heartbreak and hope that we enter more deeply each day on this journey throughout U.S. cities and towns.
The spiritual desire to work with like-minded people is part of the reason that more and more people in North America are hearing the call to become associates. A study released July 18 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate shows, that since 2000, the number of associates in the United States has grown nearly 40 percent, from nearly 25,500 to more than 35,000 today. What are the implications for religious life?
Nuns on the Bus Blog - "So we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another." As we prayed with this Scripture at the start of the day Wednesday, we could not foresee how immersed we would be in the experience of being one body.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - Can learning about the Catholic faith be a form of prayer? What about church History? In this Random Nun Clip, we talk about learning as an awesome thing that can be prayerful.
GSR Today - It was a miracle on the level of the Red Sea parting. More than 100 kids in first to seventh grades were completely silent. For an hour. In church. I'd taught catechism to some of these kids, and I'd never seen them so rapt.
James Creedon is an Irish journalist based in Paris, where he is media editor on France 24's English-language network. He recently completed a documentary film, "Thanks to your Noble Shadow," on the life of his cousin, Sr. Paschal O'Sullivan. Born in 1912, O'Sullivan was the last Irish missionary nun to serve in Japan.
GSR Today - As I sat on the five-hour flight from Los Angeles to Orlando on July 9, headed to the 2016 Sisters of St. Joseph Federation Event, it was impossible not to find my thoughts drifting to the June 12 shooting at Pulse nightclub.
The maternal waiting area for expectant mothers at the Medical Mission Sisters' hospital in Attat has virtually wiped out obstetric fistula in the local area, but it's also taken a stable team of dedicated health professionals to make progress over 50 years of service. Clean water projects and health education have reduced other medical problems, too.