Sr. Alexandra Vega, a member of the Congregation of the Religious of Our Lady of Sion in Costa Rica, has a powerful view of the Bible and of life: They go together. When the congregation's sisters first make contact with local communities, the meeting is not focused on faith, but instead is centered on connecting with people and their diverse realities of life.
Sr. Teresa Gomez and Sr. Yexci Moreno of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Castres have teamed up with Caritas de Venezuela to address the lack of food in their community. Amid Venezuela's faltering economy, they have a preschool that serves 110 children and provides them two meals a day. A Saturday clinic tracks child development and malnourishment, finding more children who need assistance.
GSR Today - Sr. Charmaine Krohe and Sr. Arlene Flaherty, told me that partnering with Beyond Borders is a way for the Atlantic-Midwest Province to have an impact in Haiti without, as Flaherty called it, "putting boots on the ground."
Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald is a pioneering Irish Mercy sister, a nurse by training, who has spearheaded the provision of residential treatment for those with addictions in Ireland for 50 years. She has a saying: No matter how difficult the obstacle she faces, "Our Lady will provide."
In October, when nearly 150 sisters came together in Nairobi from across Africa for the Hilton Foundation and African Sisters Education Collaborative Convening, most of the time was devoted to exploring the future of sisters and their ministries. But before looking forward, it is essential to look back at the stories that shaped each sister. Global Sisters Report led a writing workshop in Nairobi and, here, the sisters tell their stories.
In the coastal village on the outskirts of Quy Nhon City, central Vietnam, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary carry on a decadeslong tradition of service to people with Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy.
Notes from the Field - I notice the injustices in the world around me a lot more. I notice the people around me a lot more — the people I interact with on a daily basis, but also the people I pass by and never speak to.
The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in San Jose, Costa Rica, focus on education and dialogue as a means to achieve peace. They run a school, youth and women's social programs, and their Center for Biblical Studies and Judeo-Christian Relations at their congregation's headquarters in Moravia, in the northeastern outskirts of San José.
Sr. Mary Joan Njeri, an OB-GYN, made a conscious decision to work in a public hospital where women in Nairobi's largest slum who can't afford to go anywhere else come and give birth.
When St. Anthony of Padua Sr. Estela Buet visits the local prison every week, she is living out a mission she's felt called to her whole life — one that Buet said is also inherent to her order. Buet began her consecrated life working in education, hoping she'd someday be assigned to work and live among the impoverished.
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