Cross of Chavanod Sr. Catherine Bernard, founder-director of the Service and Research Institute on Family and Children in India, believes God has chosen her to be a family life professional in an era of family breakdowns.
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In June, Domincan Sr. Mary Dorothea Sondgeroth received a Catholic Health Association Lifetime Achievement Award for her 35 years of service in Jackson, Mississippi. Coming to the state in 1963, she spent 17 years as president of St. Dominic Health Services, retiring in 2011 and becoming the associate executive director of the St. Dominic Health Services Foundation.
Eighty-one-year-old Loretto Sr. Patricia McCormick likes to call herself a "farm kid from Illinois," but she's spent the last half-century preaching peace in Central America and, now, Denver. McCormick spoke with Global Sisters Report about nuclear disarmament, being pen pals with Jesuit Fr. Dan Berrigan, and the young activists of Black Lives Matter.
The chaos of China's Cultural Revolution dispersed the St. Therese of the Child Jesus congregation in the 1960s. In 1988, the congregation was reborn, and Sr. Ma Suling, who joined in 1992, today is superior general of 100 St. Therese sisters, who thrive by being "creative and active."
For the past five years, Sr. Mary Do Thi Thuy of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate has quietly brought health care to hundreds of villagers with HIV in the Chinh Ly Commune of Ha Nam Province, northern Vietnam.
The survey is being turned into a manual, and an international study is in the works. "Once we can translate it into different cultures and languages, then it's a tool that can help move religious life into a viable future," says Divine Providence Sr. Maria Clara Kreis.
"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?"
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.