Sister answers call of captive fisherman, migrants in distress

"Her prompt and efficient intervention saved us," says one fisherman, home in India after being detained in Iran. In her 15 years in Tamil Nadu's coastal towns, Sr. Josephine Amala Valarmathi of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has handled scores of cases for Indian migrant workers. She has also made it her priority to organize awareness programs to help such workers avoid exploitation.

"Come into the presence of the living God about whom nothing can be said. Don't think it. Breathe it."

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Q & A with two sisters and a volunteer serving at the Haiti-Dominican Republic border

Srs. Alexandra Bonilla Leonel, Iselande Surlin and volunteer Marcela Latorre Velásquez work as a team in the city of Ouanaminthe, Haiti, located at the Haitian-Dominican border. They spoke with GSR about serving the needs of children and women. They work on migration and against human trafficking.

Before Tet festival, sisters train Vietnamese to avoid unsafe food

Hue City, Vietnam - During the Tet or Lunar New Year, revelers consume a bewildering variety of food. Amid the frenzy of activity, food contamination can be a serious threat. The Daughters of Mary Immaculate have chosen the time leading up to the holiday to educate people, especially those who are ill or with limited resources, to avoid the risks of food poisoning.

Nuns withdraw from ministry in Mexican city wrought by violence

An order of nuns has withdrawn from an especially violent city after the parents and sister of one of the women religious were kidnapped and killed.

The Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, where two priests were murdered Feb. 5, said in a statement that the nuns from the Comunidad Guadalupana (Guadalupe Community) had withdrawn because of a lack of security, leaving a school it operated in the city of Chilapa without staff.

Schools in Chilapa had suspended classes from September to December because of the insecurity, the statement said.

A long road to rural health care: Sisters serve Ghana's remote villages

The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters' clinic in Kwesi Fante isn't just far from Ghana's capital, Accra, it's far from everywhere. With limited resources, three sisters and their staff serve about 1,000 people each month. The clinic was established as part of the congregation's mission to "continue the healing ministry of Christ," says Sr. Mary Nkrumah, the clinic's administrator. Initially, sisters from Germany and the U.S. had come as missionaries to Ghana in 1946 and years later sought isolated areas to care for those far from established medical care. 

Collaborative governance model helps congregations carry on with limited resources

The collaborative governance model helps congregations in need of financial and leadership assistance. The civil corporations from two or more congregations create a third corporation, which handles insurance, human resources, property management, legal issues, and all other tasks the congregations require. This frees up congregations' leadership to focus on spiritual issues.

French sisters shelter women against human traffickers, prostitution

Paris - The community of the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity, or Sisters Adoratrices, was founded in Spain to minister to women who were prostitutes; in France today, the sisters continue to help women who were trafficked from other countries and who likewise need assistance leaving prostitution work they were forced into.

Francis' visit to Chilean prison shines light on Sr. Nelly Leon

Santiago, Chile - Inside the chapel of the San Joaquín central women's penitentiary in Santiago, Chile, the handful of female inmates who met Pope Francis gathered to discuss their awe of and gratitude for the personalized Jan. 16 encounter. And nearly every woman who shared her experience with the Chilean media surrounding the inmates also thanked Good Shepherd Sr. Nelly Leon, head of the country's pastoral efforts in the jail system.

At Haitian-Dominican border, shelter protects children vulnerable to human trafficking

Human trafficking is a potent global issue to religious sisters and their colleagues within Catholic humanitarian networks. The Sisters of St. John the Evangelist combat trafficking in Haiti through Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús, a shelter for potentially trafficked children and unaccompanied minors trying to cross the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.