Inclusion in India: Women religious sign Mass, advocate for hearing impaired

Forty sisters in India from different congregations are working to make the Catholic faith more accessible to people who are deaf or have partial hearing loss, including using sign language during Mass. They serve in the Syro-Malabar Church, one of three Catholic rites in India; its synod approved offering Mass in sign language last year. They also provide marriage counseling, interpretation and legal advocacy to the wider deaf community.

Sr. Catherine Pinkerton, Network lobbyist and justice-seeker, remembered

Appreciation - Advocate for the marginalized, well-known health care lobbyist on Capitol Hill, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious during heightened scrutiny of religious life, a "center of power," Sr. Catherine Pinkerton modeled how to stand on the line of "what is and what is yet to be" in justice and care of people.

"We are emissaries of the Prince of Peace, and we bear candles lit with his everlasting light."

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Syrian refugee family lives, thrives on School Sisters' Connecticut campus

The School Sisters of Notre Dame, following the Gospel call to welcome the stranger, have welcomed Manal Mohammad Alazzam and her five children, letting the refugee family stay in a vacant house on their campus in Wilton, Connecticut. The sisters are partnering with the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee to support the family, with over 100 volunteers pitching in.

We own nice

See for Yourself - Can you imagine having two different work crews for the same job, one "nice" and one "not so great?" During a lunch break at a recent conference, I had the chance to chat with one of the event planners. Because the lunch items were just delicious and so nicely presented, I wanted to thank the planners.

Heart of forgiveness: Ugandan women once child soldiers now lead peace

As Pope Francis reminds the world to pray for peace on Jan. 1, Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe hopes the message of the women of northern Uganda will reach forgotten corners of the world where conflicts are just beginning to fade and wounds are still fresh. Nyirumbe is overseeing the creation of the Transformative Peace Education curriculum, part of a partnership with the University of Oklahoma that gives survivors, not academics, responsibility for designing the program.

Tourists, pilgrims find sisters' welcome at Montmartre's Sacré-Coeur

Paris - The Bénédictines du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre are eager to engage in conversation and welcome anyone who comes to the sanctuary of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. To make this welcome easier, a sister often sits on a bench, folding bulletins. If a pilgrim does not speak French, the sisters use English and Spanish. "When visitors see me doing something, they find it easier to come and sit by me, perhaps start a conversation," Sister Anne-Christine said. The church is the site of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, unbroken since 1885.

Reckoning: White sisters respond to their own racism, to one historian's call for justice

Following last August's presentation to LCWR about anti-black racism among Catholic sisters in the U.S., historian Shannen Dee Williams has been invited to see the archives of and speak directly to a number of congregations. For her, interest in her work epitomizes the complex relationship white women religious have with anti-black racism, as they are now trying to learn more and do the right thing.
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Q & A with Sr. Doyet Luarca, the Philippines' first Mangyan missionary nun

Sr. Doyet Luarca never thought she would be among the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit who were doing mission for almost four decades in her Mangyan tribal community. But in a historic event in 2005, she professed her first vows in a ceremony mixed with Mangyan rituals. Since that time, she has worked extensively with indigenous people in the Philippines.