Sr. Constance Fonju helps at a school in Massea, Cameroon, for children from the area's Pygmy tribes. She considers it her favorite ministry, and spoke to GSR about how the school came to be.
Q & A
Sr. Miriam MacGillis's path took her from a content art teacher in the 1960s to co-founder in 1980 of Genesis Farm in Blairstown, New Jersey. MacGillis talks with GSR about living in harmony with the Earth and what has happened in the last four decades on the farm.
Sr. Lilian Curaming has been engaged in interfaith dialogue for nearly four decades. She spoke with GSR about her work, which includes starting an interfaith dialogue program to improve relations among Muslims, Christians and indigenous peoples in Mindanao, Philippines.
Maryknoll Sr. Joanna Chan's renowned work in the theater began with writing plays for youth at New York's Transfiguration Church. "But theater is not only about the writing. Mounting a production involves bringing very diverse types of art and artists together. I have stayed in the profession for a number of reasons, and one of them is that idea of working together."
"Through the internet, movies and television, they see a very different reality, an image of Europe that is not real. They see that women have more freedom in Europe, and nobody believes there is also a lot of poverty."
"There are only a few of us who are in this wonderful, privileged position of being able to say, 'OK, we are looking at this as historians. We are also looking at this as insiders.' How do I tell the story of religious life as one who has lived it?"
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble keeps a small ceramic skull on her desk and tweets the thoughts it inspires daily. Despite the morbid connotations, most of Noble's tweets about death aren't really about death at all.
Mercy Sr. Ana María Pineda, a theologian at Santa Clara University, spoke to NCR about the friendship between Archbishop Óscar Romero and Jesuit Fr. Rutilio Grande, about Romero's spiritual life and the meaning of his pending sainthood.
Because of her work trying to counteract the fact that formation programs usually focus on poverty and obedience and have little education on sexuality for the vow of celibate chastity, Sr. Marie-Paul Ross of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception was called "the nun from Canada who is speaking clearly and openly about sexuality" — and was called to Rome.
Sr. Xiomara Méndez-Hernández's journey to becoming an Adrian Dominican began in the fashion world, continued as an associate, and was made official when she professed her final vows Dec. 18 in Santo Domingo, capital of her home country, the Dominican Republic. Today, she's a hospital chaplain for Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.