The work of Religious of Jesus and Mary Sr. Yudith Pereira has taken her from her native Madrid to an office in Rome and villages throughout South Sudan. As project manager of the initiative Solidarity with South Sudan, Pereira helps run the program that includes projects in education, health training and pastoral initiatives.
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Sr. Colette Hamza, a Sister of St. Francis Xavier, lives close to Marseille, France, where a quarter of the population is Muslim. Sister Colette teaches religion to children at a school where the majority of students are Muslim. "Slowly, step by step, we contribute to a better understanding between Muslims and Christians."
Adrian Dominican Sr. Nancy Murray knows from decades of theater work that without great writing, a great performer is nothing. She also knows this from the experience of four of her brothers: Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, John Murray and Joel Murray.
"In gifted counseling, Jesus reveals the problem or the situation of the counselee before you in symbolism," explains Sr. Lissy Vallippalam, a member of the Sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. "We rely much on God working through us."
After decades doing peace work, seeking truth and reconciliation for Canada's indigenous people, and in short-term healing work with communities in Africa, Service Sr. Mary Ellen Francoeur says her goal is to love in a selfless way.
Sr. Stella Storch, a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, learned firsthand in 2000 that Tanzanian orphans whose parents were decimated by AIDS are treated like second-class citizens, left vulnerable to trafficking. Fourteen years ago, she started a school now run by sisters in Tanzania that includes a variety of training programs to assist young people.
Indian theologian Kochurani Abraham was a member of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but "an ideological gap" led her to leave: "The critical feminist sensibilities I had developed over the years made me see God, human relations, the church and mission in a different light."
Maryknoll Sr. Helen Graham was raised in New York but has served in the Philippines for the past 49 years, primarily teaching theology, often to religious in formation. "Studying theology and Scripture gives you a stronger foundation for what you're doing. You're not just a nun with a habit on."
Mary-Cabrini Durkin was an Ursuline Sister of Cincinnati for 41 years and an educator and is now part of the secular institute of the Company of St. Ursula, USA. Worldwide, the Company of St. Ursula has 800 members, who carry their relationship with Christ into the world in their particular country, culture and occupation.
Sr. Elaine MacInnes, member of Our Lady's Missionaries, drew on her sensitivity as a musician to learn from Zen masters in Japan and become a master herself, later working with convicts in prison in the Philippines.
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