Equality

Sisters who blazed trails in higher education preserve heritage, charisms of Catholic universities

When Catholic women religious launched colleges in the 19th and 20th centuries, they helped change the face of American higher education for a new generation. Now, they are addressing how to ensure that they have created a distinctive religious heritage that endures — even when they may not be around to nurture it.

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Q & A with Sr. Maureen Gallagher, setting up financial independence paths for women in Mexico

In Juárez, Mexico, where cartels have left families mourning loved ones and women fending for their families, the Centro Santa Catalina provides opportunity for about 20 women to utilize various creative and management skills to help them generate a survival income.

Women's liturgical role: lessons to be learned

An international network of priest associations and reform groups gathered in Chicago last October. I was eager to see if wounds previously felt by the group around women's issues in the church had healed. Would there be any movement in the group's willingness to accept women in more visible liturgical roles? Or would the same fears and concerns resurface?