Take them bowling: National Catholic Sisters Week event brings students, sisters together

Bowling with Nuns was one of many events around the country marking the fifth annual National Catholic Sisters Week, which ran from March 8 to 14. The week's purpose is to honor women religious, bring awareness of sisters in the United States to laypeople, and perhaps draw young women to join missions.

Bakery gives women path to independence and makes Communion hosts for Ghana

Visual essay - In the Volta Region of Ghana in west Africa, the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church Congregation run a health care facility, the Mater Ecclesiae Clinic, and the Mater Ecclesiae School for young students in the area. Their convents include facilities for baking bread, meat pies and Communion wafers — which are distributed for Masses all over the country.

Sisters minister to intellectually disabled people, offer catechesis

The Daughters of St. Mary of Providence's Special Adult Religious Formation Program apostolate, better known as SPAR, operates in accordance with the Catholic Church's teaching that "all baptized persons with disabilities have a right to adequate catechesis and deserve the means to develop a relationship with God."

At UN development meetings, sisters present pathways to eradicate poverty

The Commission for Social Development, the U.N. body charged with supporting and monitoring global development progress, met Jan. 29-Feb. 7. Catholic sisters who represent their congregations at the United Nations shared best practices from their own programs and brought stories of what getting out of poverty really means for the people they serve.

When a meal is more than food: Sisters in India deliver hope to the elderly

The Society of Devapriya Sisters deliver daily meals to 100 elderly people living in poverty, throughout the town of Rajkot. The sisters give each of those in need a meal, along with some dignity and compassion. The ministry addresses a growing trend in Indian society: the elderly destitute, abandoned and living in isolation.

Religious convene over challenge of blending indigenous, Afro cultures with the church

At the Confederation of Religious in Latin American and Caribbean's interculturality seminar in Guatemala, women and men religious — indigenous and Afro religious or religious who work with those communities — gathered to discuss concerns involved with blending the best aspects of indigenous and Afro culture with the institutional Catholic Church.

Nuns' spirit of service can lead to abuses, Vatican magazine says

Misunderstanding the generous service and obedience of women religious leads to their being exploited and underappreciated, according to an investigative report in a Vatican magazine. "Sisters are seen as volunteers that one can have available as one wishes, which gives rise to genuine abuses of power," said a nun identified only as Sister Cecile.