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. When the congregation's sisters first make contact with local communities, the meeting is not focused on faith, but instead is centered on connecting with people and their diverse realities of life.
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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.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Sr. Florence Nweonuma was on the front lines helping draft the law that outlawed trafficking in Nigeria in 2003. Global Sisters Report caught up with Nweonuma in October to hear her reflections on two decades of anti-trafficking work.
After arriving in West Virginia in 1976, St. Joseph Sr. Gretchen Shaffer co-founded a school for a town that didn't have one. Though retired now, she is still a constant presence in the area, continuing to minister to the powerless.
Sr. Mary Joan Njeri, an OB-GYN, made a conscious decision to work in a public hospital where women in Nairobi's largest slum who can't afford to go anywhere else come and give birth.
When St. Anthony of Padua Sr. Estela Buet visits the local prison every week, she is living out a mission she's felt called to her whole life — one that Buet said is also inherent to her order. Buet began her consecrated life working in education, hoping she'd someday be assigned to work and live among the impoverished.
Sister Marie Claire, a Hindu convert, joined the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate when she was 17 and running away from an arranged marriage. She became an artist whose work reflects the messages of Jesus and the church's mission in India.
In the 25 years that Sister of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate Juanita Ujcik worked in jail ministry, she says she learned a lot about what she believes is complicated system. That's why, in October, she published Let None Walk Alone, a guidebook for the family and friends of incarcerated people.
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