One religious order was founded in Vietnam expressly to appeal to and encorporate the cultural differences of ethnic minority people living in the country's central highlands. The Filles de la Médaille Miraculeuse Congregation has 150 members serving in 30 different locations in the Kon Tum Diocese, which has about 310,000 Catholics.
"Being an orphan is not a choice, but if you have purpose in your life, you don't have to feel alone."
"Taking this all in, I realized the only thing truly standing between my neighbor and me was the border of my own being. And yet, on the margins, that being is exactly what unites us. It is our brokenness, our blessed and broken being that draws us together in communion and community."
Two decades after the Rwandan genocide, its child survivors are grown and making lives of their own, and the Abizeramariya Sisters who took them in are returning boisterous orphanages to their original purpose as homes for impoverished elderly people.
GSR Today - With the battle over banning Muslim immigration raging in the courts, in the halls of power and sometimes even in the streets, it’s a good time for a reminder of why refugees are risking everything to flee Syria.
In a conversation with Global Sisters Report, three women religious talked about their current work with seniors and the challenges of enculturation they experienced while ministering abroad.
Notre Dame Sr. Sudha Varghese has dedicated years to serving the Musahar, the lowest caste in India. She brought revolutionary changes among the Musahar through Nari Gunjan, an umbrella organization she launched in 1987 to coordinate multilayered activities such as education, advocacy and welfare services.
A bumpy cargo flight from Nairobi to Juba, South Sudan. Another flight north to the Yida refugee camp, home to 70,000 refugees from the country's civil war, which began in 2011. A warm welcome there, and after lunch, an eight-hour drive on a rough road across the border into Sudan and the Nuba Mountains. Seeing so many people walking long distances under the scorching sun and in extreme heat gave us a reason to bear the discomfort.
Q & A with Srs. Mieko Shinjo and Masako Egawa, helping Fukushima recover from 2011's triple disaster
Six years after a major earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan, Catholic women religious are still working with the thousands of people the triple disasters affected.
Notes from the Field - Feeling uprooted by uncertainty, I discerned a new step. I knew that I felt called to a few things: I wanted to learn Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country. I wanted to return to living in an intentional community. And I wanted to explore a new type of social justice work. I hoped to learn more about my life's purpose while still positively contributing to others and the world.
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