The campaign will "look at the change of gender roles in the workplace, these antiquated views of who needs to be working, who has to work and who should be working."
"The only case that we make is on behalf of the Gospel and our obligation as a community of faith to tend to the least among us. And I think that's a message that all Catholics, regardless of where they stand in the political spectrum, can hear."
Charity Sr. Louise Akers came to national prominence in 2009, when Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk ordered her to publicly renounce her support for women's ordination. The attempted silencing was painful, but "she didn't bend to pressure. She held on to her convictions, and it made all the difference."
Santiago, Chile - Inside the chapel of the San Joaquín central women's penitentiary in Santiago, Chile, the handful of female inmates who met Pope Francis gathered to discuss their awe of and gratitude for the personalized Jan. 16 encounter. And nearly every woman who shared her experience with the Chilean media surrounding the inmates also thanked Good Shepherd Sr. Nelly Leon, head of the country's pastoral efforts in the jail system.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." I like the quote because it keeps me in the present moment.
Recently, a Global Sisters Report headline read: "Reckoning: White sisters respond to their own racism, to one historian's call for justice." The photo under the headline was of a segregated investiture ceremony in 1947 of the first five black Sisters of St. Mary (now the Franciscan Sisters of Mary).
Notes from the Field - Serving within the Immigrant Outreach Program at Beatitude House in Youngstown has been exceptionally meaningful. One thing we do is help adults improve their English-language skills. We hold numerous conversations with the women who are our students to help them gain confidence in their speaking. Although we tend to discuss simple, everyday matters, we learn about how each person has been shaped by her own life experience.
U.S. issues like immigration, gun control, racism and petroleum energy expansion are lately more prominent in people's view, especially since the 2016 presidential election, causing some people to notice for the first time that Catholic sisters are activists for social justice and equality. Here's how sisters are reacting to that increased awareness.
New York and Chicago - Catholics and Catholic reform groups were among the hundreds of thousands who turned out on the streets throughout the nation for the second annual Women's March.
President Donald Trump's first year in office has left Catholic sisters worried and dismayed about the administration's go-it-alone, "America First" foreign policy. The frustration is particularly acute among the sisters who represent their congregations at the United Nations.