"Most parishes just go on holding Mass and have a few things going on, but what is the real mission of the parish?" asks Dominican Sr. Donna Ciangio. "How is the parish a school of discipleship?"
Q & A
Global Sisters Report spoke with Sr. Redempta Kabahweza. As a counselor to children who have survived sexual violence, she hears the children's tales of suffering. She shared how she deals with these traumatic experiences, and how she finds the inner strength to continue fighting for justice.
School Sister of Notre Dame Rose Rita Huelsmann recently retired after 13 years as the coordinator of volunteers at the sister-run Criminal Justice Ministry, which provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated people in St. Louis.
Sr. Lucy Thorson joined Sisters of Our Lady of Sion when she was 19 after she finished high school. She saw the congregation as an opportunity to get out into the world, and its base in Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations became the path she followed through her career and life.
Since founding the Dominican Wellspring Retreat Center in Trinidad and Tobago in 2012, Sinsinawa Dominican Sr. Gail Jagroop has become more of a "yes" person. Five years ago, after she entered the novitiate, Jagroop dedicated herself to retreat work in the town of St. Joseph, Trinidad.
Sr. Colleen Jackson talks to GSR about her experience serving as a psychologist, refugee advocate and most recently, an intern at a coalition of Catholic congregations focused on concerns of women and children. Jackson is inspired by the courage, resilience and faith of refugees and asylum-seekers.
St. Benedict taught that those living the monastic life should live by the work of their hands. That's just fine with "the Soap Sister" of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Missouri.
Sr. Anna Do Thi Tam witnessed mass starvation and persecution of Catholics in northern Vietnam from the 1940s to the 1970s, and spoke to GSR about the suffering she witnessed.
Sr. Lorelle Elcock shares with GSR what her parish has done to help Dominican sisters who, despite having fled the Iraqi city of Mosul to escape ISIS, continue their ministries in a refugee camp. Elcock's parish has raised $14,000 for the Dominican sisters.
Global Sisters Report spoke with Charity Sr. Virginia Searing, who reflected on decades of work in Guatemala and at the Barbara Ford Peace Center, a nonprofit she co-founded that focuses on human and spiritual development. Searing works to aid the mental health of victims of the Guatemalan civil war.
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