Sr. Thresiamma Mathew is a women's rights activist and an advocate of gender equality. She has helped some 2,500 women from economically poor families to become professional masons when it was unthinkable to employ female masons in her home state of Kerala, southern India.
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A mother of two and grandmother of four, St. Joseph Sr. Suzanne Herder had a winding journey in religious life before she recently was elected to the St. Paul Province of St. Joseph of Carondelet's leadership team.
Greyhound had canceled bus service in San Antonio, and about 50 immigrants were stranded at the downtown station. Sr. Denise LaRock helped contact city officials and nonprofit organizations, and a local church agreed to shelter the immigrants during the storm.
In South Sudan, Sr. Carla Magnaghi helps oversee a center that provide care and schooling for mentally and physically disabled children. She talks with GSR about increasing awareness and acceptance of disability in the area, and speaks about what she has witnessed during her 15 years in the country.
Sr. Obehi Ogbeide is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who studied nursing and midwifery and works in the health care field, coordinating the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis program in the Diocese of Kroonstad. "To be able to contribute to the health and well-being of any person is a thing of joy," she says.
Colette Parker was excited about the start of the NFL season. But Parker, an associate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Ohio, won't be watching her beloved Chicago Bears this fall. Her personal boycott is not because she disagrees with players who are kneeling during the national anthem, though.
Sr. Chelsea Bethany Davis, 26, says she is the youngest professed sister of the Daughters of St. Paul. Davis is about four years from professing her final vows. She spoke with Global Sisters Report about life as a millennial sister at a time when about 90 percent of American women religious are over 60.
Sr. Jisha Jiya is the first Catholic woman religious in India to direct and produce a feature film. The 39-year-old Medical Sister of St. Joseph made the film "Ente Vellithooval" ("My Silver Feather") in Malayalam, the language of the southern Indian state of Kerala.
"I believe everyone has a unique vocation, and I enjoy helping people find what that is," says Sr. Sharon Dillon of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis. Dillon spoke with Global Sisters Report about her vision for the organization became executive director of in June, and how her past ministries inform her work.
Venezuela's dire economic crisis has started to impact the young students of Santo Angel School outside Caracas. According to Sr. Blanca Griselis, the school's social worker, 35 students currently come to school with little to no food. She spoke with GSR about her efforts to keep students fed and in class.
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