Sr. Jisha Jiya is the first Catholic woman religious in India to direct and produce a feature film. The 39-year-old Medical Sister of St. Joseph made the film "Ente Vellithooval" ("My Silver Feather") in Malayalam, the language of the southern Indian state of Kerala.
Eleven nuns take the stage wearing traditional black-and white habits but are anything but old school as they belt out songs to the ringing of electric guitar and a rock 'n' roll beat.
Sr. Gerardine Mueller of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey, can't do many of the things she used to. But that doesn't get her down. She is still able to make art and she still fulfills a dream she had since she was 3 years old: being a nun.
"My experience with nuns is that they're going to do the job no matter what, and they're some of the most bold, most intelligent, most passionate people I know. And I think that unnerves a bunch of people."
In November, Sister of the Good Shepherd Glynis Mary McManamon opened Shepherding Images Studio/Good Shepherd art gallery in Ferguson, Missouri. Her gallery opened just in time for the anniversary of a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown — the event that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Ave Maria," a 14-minute comedy about an unexpected encounter between a group of nuns living in the Palestinian West Bank and a family of Jewish settlers, is one of five shorts nominated in the category of best live action short film.
GSR Today - Since I was on assignment last year in South Sudan, it was more than casual interest that drew me to a new documentary currently making the rounds on the independent film circuit, both in New York and elsewhere in the United States.
Truth and its elusiveness are the dominant themes of the play, “Sense of an Ending,” by Ken Urban, playing now through Sept. 6 at 59E59 Theaters in New York City. The plot explores the Roman Catholic church’s involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, including the involvement of two Benedictine sisters, who were ultimately convicted of war crimes against the Tutsis. Urban, who was raised Catholic, said, “It feels like the right time to tell this story. It's not about race in America, but it's a story of race in the world.”
Sr. Corita Kent joined the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary shortly after high school, following in the footsteps of family members, and taught art as the chair of the department at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in the 1960s. The first full retrospective of her pop-art era prints and other work has made its way back to Los Angeles. Her work stood apart as different from other religious artwork even from the very beginning. Co-curator Ian Berry says one of the main goals of the show is to introduce her work to new generations of artists and viewers. “She doesn’t come up enough in art history,” he says, “but those of us who organized the show think she is a critical part of American art history and contemporary art of the 1960s.”
Ninety-three Discalced Carmelite nuns in 24 countries have reached out of their cloistered monasteries to sing together in a virtual choir honoring St. Teresa of Avila on the 500th anniversary of her birth. This union of voices came together through the musical vision of a Carmelite Sister in Reno, Nev., and the creative imagination of a technical wizard in the Midwest. The result is two 6-minute videos of the sisters singing on a virtual stage, created by Kansas native Scott Haines.
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