"Conversations about social, political, economic and racial issues need to be had in communities. So often, we are unaware of just how different our own community members are from us. Don't shy away from these conversations."
Through Operation Restore retreats, Franciscan Sr. Anne Dougherty and her retreat partners provide post-trauma training to firefighters and law enforcement officers. At their Franciscan Center in Tampa, they offer first responders a safe, confidential environment where they can work through critical incidents and process the daily stress of their jobs.
Sr. Mercy Kuriakose, a member of the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit, practices homeopathy, an alternative medical practice that uses a small amount of an active ingredient to help treat or cure a disease. She has treated approximately 130,000 patients in her 26 years of service as a homeopathy doctor in Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Listening to Sr. Francis Rose Rivers, who once ministered in a Tyson chicken plant, opened my heart to learn from a corporation that tries to provide "accompaniment" in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Sr. Maureen McGowan, is the province leader of the New York-Toronto Province of the Good Shepherd Sisters. The sisters' first ministry in Manhattan has grown into Good Shepherd Services, which today serves over 30,000 children and families. McGowan spoke with GSR as the community prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary.
Sr. Alphonse Raj, a member of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, ministers to those living with HIV/AIDS, who are often neglected and ostracized by their families and society after contracting the virus. If infected couples have children who are born with the virus, Raj's New Dawn center adopts the baby. About 50 such children now stay at the center, which provides basic needs and education. In addition, New Dawn's campaigns and programs in the past decade have helped many shed their fears.
Sr. Patricia Fox, the Australian nun whose missionary visa was revoked by the Philippine government in April, said the government has "no right to define and delimit the scope of our missionary and apostolate works."
Paris - In 2003, 23 women religious congregations united to create Les Champs de Booz to help some of the most vulnerable refugees in France: single women who arrive on their own, fleeing a country where they are in danger. With a name inspired by the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz, the ministry helps the women acclimate to France and navigate the process of applying for asylum.
"You are wedded to a community, and these are the people you are committed to and let yourself be formed by. We are growing together in faith."
Our Lady of Sion Sr. Patricia Fox has been in the news almost daily in the Philippines since her 22-hour detention by the Bureau of Immigration. GSR spoke with Fox at her Quezon City home, where she is a familiar face in the neighborhood. Neighbors, associates and friends as well as tricycle drivers were surprised to learn about her case.
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