In Manila, Sr. Maria Juanita "Nenet" Daño and a group of lay women help drug users and pushers to avoid becoming victims of the government's ongoing anti-drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives. Daño counsels drug users, and she and lay women work with families and comfort those who have lost loved ones to the rash of killings.
A seven-part documentary series focuses on the mission and charisms of women religious from Vietnam, Tanzania, the United States and elsewhere. The videos include interviews with sisters and those they serve, and convey the sisters' bonds and sense of community. The videos are available to view on Salt and Light TV's website.
Charity Sr. Therese Bangert, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, has been a volunteer chaplain for the Kansas City, Kansas, police and fire departments for more than 20 years.
Though she feels the church has largely given up on sex abuse victims, Dominican Sr. Sally Butler is not giving up on changing it. She loves the things Pope Francis has said about abuse but says there has been too little action. Because of a discovery in 1993, Butler is unable to believe in the institutional church anymore, even though she has been in religious life for 70 years. But her faith in God, she says, has never been stronger.
Notes from the Field - As I write this, my final Notes from the Field blog with GSR, I am in my last week as a Good Shepherd Volunteer in Chile; by the time it is published, I will have been back in the United States for almost a full week. Have I changed?
In addition to adopting four children and fostering close to 75 more, Srs. Berta Sailer and Corita Bussanmas, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, opened Operation Breakthrough, a nonprofit early-education center and social service facility in Kansas City that today serves more than 400 children and their families daily.
Caracas, Venezuela - Amid a spiraling economic crisis, the government is accused of authoritarianism. Among the protesters is Dominican Sr. Zulay Luján: "My goal is to be with the people, not with any political group, but with the people who are struggling." Protests here were sparked April 1 when the country's Supreme Court attempted to strip the National Assembly, the only opposition-controlled branch of government, of its powers. Protests have continued roughly four days a week since.
Three congregations of the Sisters of St. Joseph, by different paths, have come back to including agrégées into their vocations. Agrégées were part of the first St. Joseph communities, organized in LePuy, France, around 360 years ago. Now communities in Concordia, Kansas; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Springfield, Massachusetts, have such members again. Global Sisters Report takes a look at these "new" forms and emerging ways of religious life.
GSR Today - The Giving Voice National Gathering, we talked about bridges. I am resistant to the idea of bridges because only connecting with our deeper values, risking unearthing ways we are already one, will bring us into unity.
Cross of Chavanod Sr. Catherine Bernard, founder-director of the Service and Research Institute on Family and Children in India, believes God has chosen her to be a family life professional in an era of family breakdowns.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - The church year gives a name to the space between: ordinary time, with its own color and feel, when we focus on living the life of Christ, day in and day out.
For Dominican Srs. Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte and others like them, the U.N. agreement — which nuclear states like the U.S. have said they "do not intend to sign" — is a milestone in activists' long, vigilant but often lonely efforts.
See for Yourself - "I have a niece graduating from an aviation management program, so I stopped here to see what kind of pilot gifts you might have," I say to the shop clerk at the small regional airport near where I live.
Three months after India's theologians and Catholic religious pressed a congress of bishops to act aggressively against a wave of sex abuse cases involving priests, no official response has come.
GSR Today - One thing I love about my work at Global Sisters Report is meeting sisters who live and minister on the margins. Their invisibility, vulnerability and marginality struck me forcefully on a recent visit to Fiji to visit friends.
Franciscan Sr. Ilia Delio's talk at a spirituality retreat was a roller coaster ride through billions of years of cosmic evolution, with plunges into the history of science and philosophy and steep climbs into theology and mysticism.