A native of Chad, St. Joseph Sr. Jeannette Londadjim was forced to flee her homeland with her family because of the bloody civil war that broke out in the mid-1960s. Her work has taken her throughout Africa, educating young people, working with migrants and refugees, and helping bishops' conferences deal with issues of development, the environment and racism.
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Sr. Joan Dawber is the founder and executive director of LifeWay Network, an organization in the New York City metropolitan area that provides secure housing for survivors of both labor and sex trafficking. She spoke to GSR about the importance of community living in LifeWay Network's work.
Good Shepherd Sr. Monique Tarabeh's visit home in July and August was gut-wrenching. Tarabeh grew up in Damascus, Syria, and her family still lives there despite the ongoing civil war that started in 2011. The conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions to flee to safety in other nations.
As general superior, Sr. Mary Ho Thi Quy is challenged to provide basic needs for more than 1,100 members of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Vinh, Vietnam. "Five sisters in one community share a bed," she notes. But the sisters "love and support one another" as they serve the people of Vinh Diocese.
Sr. Thresiamma Mathew is a women's rights activist and an advocate of gender equality. She has helped some 2,500 women from economically poor families to become professional masons when it was unthinkable to employ female masons in her home state of Kerala, southern India.
A mother of two and grandmother of four, St. Joseph Sr. Suzanne Herder had a winding journey in religious life before she recently was elected to the St. Paul Province of St. Joseph of Carondelet's leadership team.
Greyhound had canceled bus service in San Antonio, and about 50 immigrants were stranded at the downtown station. Sr. Denise LaRock helped contact city officials and nonprofit organizations, and a local church agreed to shelter the immigrants during the storm.
In South Sudan, Sr. Carla Magnaghi helps oversee a center that provide care and schooling for mentally and physically disabled children. She talks with GSR about increasing awareness and acceptance of disability in the area, and speaks about what she has witnessed during her 15 years in the country.
Sr. Obehi Ogbeide is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who studied nursing and midwifery and works in the health care field, coordinating the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis program in the Diocese of Kroonstad. "To be able to contribute to the health and well-being of any person is a thing of joy," she says.
Colette Parker was excited about the start of the NFL season. But Parker, an associate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Ohio, won't be watching her beloved Chicago Bears this fall. Her personal boycott is not because she disagrees with players who are kneeling during the national anthem, though.