LCWR 2017: At the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Holy Cross Sr. Sharlet Wagner was energized by an emerging narrative of oneness -- "connections across congregations, connections across the global sisterhood, connections with laypeople."
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Sr. Teresa Nguyen Thi Duc helps villagers abandon expensive and harmful burial customs, and brings them towards Catholicism. She spoke with GSR about her evangelization work with Ede ethnic villagers, whom she has served for 45 years.
Sr. Barbara Paleczny, a Canadian School Sister of Notre Dame, has lived in South Sudan for nine years. Based in Juba, she travels throughout the country, her work focused on healing through workshops that offer trauma/psychosocial support for those affected by the country's ongoing civil war, and on training others to lead these workshops.
Over the past six years, Sr. Martina Leaka has helped more than 60 young people in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, find meaning in their lives and has prepared them for adulthood by training them at a center called Porter's House. There, they learn skills that enable them to be self-reliant, including sewing and baking products sold across the city.
Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Sr. Jomary Trstensky started her career in Catholic health care more than 50 years ago as a nurse. In June, she was a recipient of a Catholic Health Association Lifetime Achievement Award for inspiring her colleagues to live the values and mission of the Hospital Sisters and Catholic Church. She is an expert in leadership.
The Pyinya Sanyae Institute of Education (PSIE), a unique teacher-training program in Yangon, Myanmar, has deep roots in 15th-century France. Sr. Grace Chia and Jacinta Cardoza are founders of this modern-day training program inspired by the Infant Jesus Sisters' founder.
"My experience with nuns is that they're going to do the job no matter what, and they're some of the most bold, most intelligent, most passionate people I know. And I think that unnerves a bunch of people."
In 2001, Phu Cuong Dominican Sr. Mary Cecilia Bui Thi Hong Hanh launched a savings program for domestic migrant women to cover their children's school fees. Hanh tried to encourage them to save money out of the monthly scholarships their children were awarded from the Binh Trieu Development Center that she runs on the outskirts of the city, offering free elementary education to children in first to fifth grades.
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.
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.
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