Sr. Boitumelo Albertina Matlhabe has spent most of her life at St. Joseph's College High School in Gaborone, Botswana. The Sister of Calvary graduated from St. Joseph's in 1979, and she's been teaching there since 1985. In 2005, she became the school's managing director. She spoke with GSR about the realities of running a school that is partially funded by the government.
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Sr. Doyet Luarca never thought she would be among the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit who were doing mission for almost four decades in her Mangyan tribal community. But in a historic event in 2005, she professed her first vows in a ceremony mixed with Mangyan rituals. Since that time, she has worked extensively with indigenous people in the Philippines.
For nine years, 83-year-old Frances Joseph Piazza, a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities and a former pediatric nurse, has spent her days as a baby cuddler at the Sisters of Charity Hospital neonatal intensive care unit in Buffalo, New York.
Sr. Sonia Zuleta Ruiz prayed that God would let her get assigned to work at the Hogar Acogida de Belen, a girls orphanage in Medellín, Colombia. But after almost a year working at the orphanage, she knows this is where she belongs.
Holy Cross Sr. Betsy Devasia has been working for the empowerment of women in northeastern India for nearly two decades. She began with economically poor neighbors of her convent in Guwahati, a major city in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. She then focused on school dropouts. She also reached out to widows, who face social discrimination. Today, hundreds of people have found a better life because of her service with the Women's Development Centre.
In response to Pope Francis' environmental encyclical, Laudato Si', Carmelite Sr. Jane Remson initiated and helped create a 252-page curriculum designed to teach the encyclical to ninth- to 12th-graders and "lead young people to think critically and protect the Earth."
Sr. Marge Clark of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary spent 13 years with Network, lobbying for changes in national policy. Recently retired, she talks to GSR about the changes she's seen and the challenges of hyperpartisan Washington.
"We have a new generation of young people whose primary existence is tethered to digital devices, particularly smartphones. There is mounting evidence that these devices are radically changing their lives."
In the two years since Dominican Sr. Barbara Reid launched the Wisdom Commentary series, a groundbreaking project offering feminist interpretation for every book of the Bible, 13 volumes have been published already, with more on the way.
Sr. Mary Nguyen Thi Mai is the superior of the Society of Missionaries of Charity, The society includes nearly 670 members, has 42 communities and 12 centers throughout Vietnam which serve orphans, people with physical disabilities and elderly people without relatives. Mai spoke to GSR about the newly established society overcoming challenges and sustaining itself in a developing country.