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.
Three Stats and a Map - For the past decade, the World Economic Forum has compiled an annual report tracking the gap between men and women around the globe, looking at everything from health, education and economic opportunity to politics, earnings and life expectancy.
Prof. Sr. Patricia Lanigan teaches in Kenya at the Institute of Social Ministry at Tangaza College, using an academic approach to community-driven development
GSR Today - Journalists like to talk to academic experts because academic experts are smart. However, journalists have a tendency to rely too much on these academic experts. The thing is, people have a right to speak for themselves.
Dominican Sr. Margaret Mayce of Amityville, New York, has made peace and justice issues the focus of her life and work since becoming a sister in 1975 at the age of 24. For the past seven years, she has served as a representative of the Dominican Leadership Conference nongovernmental organization at the United Nations.
For more than 30 years Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sr. Cyril Mooney has been extending educational opportunities to girls who do not have the care of their parents, live on the streets or who come from small villages where teachers are poorly trained. The students become part of mainstream society.
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.
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.
An Italian nun who shot to global fame by winning "The Voice of Italy" talent show is set to star in a stage production of the musical "Sister Act," which opens here in time for Christmas.
Notes from the Field - I split my workweek between Big Laurel and the high school at the bottom of the mountain. As an aide, I feel pressure to step up and raise the classroom standard, but my lack of teaching experience is a big stumbling block.
GSR Today - Our media-driven world can also overwhelm us to the point of indifference, and reaching people suddenly becomes more difficult than ever.
Book Review - In Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, Franciscan Sr. Ilia Delio offers up both Pope Francis and the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious as models of catholicity in our times.
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."