Charity Sr. Margaret Beaudette created the bronze relief unveiled during Eastertide at the Church of the Ascension in New York, where hundreds of parishioners from the parish's diverse congregation turned out for a festive liturgy, blessing and dedication.
Sr. Ranjana Jose supported tribal women in India, guiding them to organize, stand up against exploitation by local moneylenders, and overcome poverty and superstition in their villages.
In the 23 years since the genocide, Rwanda has developed at a faster pace than surrounding countries. In the last decade, a government-mandated monthly day of community service, called Umuganda, has saved the country the equivalent of US$128.5 million, and the service day not only helps repair and clean every community, it provides a way for people to get to know their neighbors.
Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya and Tanzania as part of a team from Microfinancing Partners in Africa (MPA) because I serve on its advisory board. Microfinancing Partners in Africa was started by Sr. Toni Temporiti, a Sister of the Most Precious Blood, to provide some funding for microfinancing programs in several African countries. Now the non-profit organization is working with African sisters to start new projects.
It's time again to consider civil disobedience. When does it have power and meaning? Is it ever effective? What elements go into the planning? What are the penalties, and what are the benefits?
Indian theologian Kochurani Abraham was a member of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but "an ideological gap" led her to leave: "The critical feminist sensibilities I had developed over the years made me see God, human relations, the church and mission in a different light."
Maryknoll Sr. Helen Graham was raised in New York but has served in the Philippines for the past 49 years, primarily teaching theology, often to religious in formation. "Studying theology and Scripture gives you a stronger foundation for what you're doing. You're not just a nun with a habit on."
Rwanda is a beautiful country, with hills as far as the eye can see. The complicated history and widespread government control are a bit more difficult to see, hovering just beneath the surface of Rwanda's status as the 'poster child of Africa.'
GSR Today - What good does the United Nations do? Even those who admire the U.N. and advocate for its work — like the many Catholic sisters at the U.N. — ask the question.
GSR Today - At the recent Justice Conference of Women Religious, you could have bottled the energy among more than 150 avid seekers of justice and eliminated several coal-fired power plants.