One religious order was founded in Vietnam expressly to appeal to and encorporate the cultural differences of ethnic minority people living in the country's central highlands. The Filles de la Médaille Miraculeuse Congregation has 150 members serving in 30 different locations in the Kon Tum Diocese, which has about 310,000 Catholics.
Q & A
In a conversation with Global Sisters Report, three women religious talked about their current work with seniors and the challenges of enculturation they experienced while ministering abroad.
Q & A with Srs. Mieko Shinjo and Masako Egawa, helping Fukushima recover from 2011's triple disaster
Six years after a major earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan, Catholic women religious are still working with the thousands of people the triple disasters affected.
Sr. Leonir de Fátima Fabris is a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who is originally from Brazil. She is a psychologist, a nurse and a naturopath who works in the Hakumana center in Maputo, Mozambique, where a high percentage of the population lives with HIV/AIDS.
After 40 years of community organizing, Sr. Pearl Ceasar will assume her role as superior general of the Sisters of Providence, a congregation that spans the U.S. Southwest, Missouri, Colorado, California and Mexico. She is now working on transitioning out of her position as executive director of Project QUEST (Quality Employment through Skills Training) in San Antonio.
Mount Tabor Benedictine Sr. Mary Going is an attorney at the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky in Prestonsburg. These days, she is handling loads of disability cases, which are indicative of an ongoing crisis in eastern Kentucky.
Sr. Alexandra Vega, a member of the Congregation of the Religious of Our Lady of Sion in Costa Rica, has a powerful view of the Bible and of life: They go together.
In Juárez, Mexico, where cartels have left families mourning loved ones and women fending for their families, the Centro Santa Catalina provides opportunity for about 20 women to utilize various creative and management skills to help them generate a survival income.
Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald is a pioneering Irish Mercy sister, a nurse by training, who has spearheaded the provision of residential treatment for those with addictions in Ireland for 50 years. She has a saying: No matter how difficult the obstacle she faces, "Our Lady will provide."
In 2016, sisters at Bakhita Villa, a safe house in Lagos, Nigeria, helped rescue and rehabilitate nine victims of human trafficking. St. Louis Sr. Patricia Ebegbulem, director of the safe house, talked to GSR about her ministry, why she feels drawn to St. Josephine Bakhita, and why so many people are at risk for being trafficked today.
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