"Most parishes just go on holding Mass and have a few things going on, but what is the real mission of the parish?" asks Dominican Sr. Donna Ciangio. "How is the parish a school of discipleship?"
Global Sisters Report spoke with Sr. Redempta Kabahweza. As a counselor to children who have survived sexual violence, she hears the children's tales of suffering. She shared how she deals with these traumatic experiences, and how she finds the inner strength to continue fighting for justice.
Over her 36 years of prison ministry, the St. Joseph sister's work has chipped away at U.S. support for the death penalty, fellow activists say: "They don't get argued into thinking differently, they get storied into thinking differently." Sr. Helen Prejean said she never set out to be an activist, especially one advocating on behalf of death row inmates. She spent her early years as a sister working in the suburbs as a middle school teacher, director of religious education at a New Orleans parish and a director of her order's novices.
GSR Today: On my visits over the years to Myanmar, I have seen the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions grow past political challenges and become more involved in development projects for women: Farming, training of young women in computer skills, tailoring and other income generation skills.
New Delhi - For 12 years, Franciscan Clarist Sr. Celine Arikkat has helped cycle-rickshaw taxi drivers ply their trade with dignity and civility, including freeing them from the vehicle rent that ate up their earnings.
Through nearly 20 years of teamwork, congregations in St. Louis, Missouri, have come together have meet local education needs. They have developed a program that provides English tutoring to children from families of refugees and immigrants, and they founded a Catholic all-girls middle school.
One step in "Making a positive out of a negative," three communities of sisters gather at sites where violence has occurred and invite the larger community to a short vigil with simple elements — prayer, song, holy water — to show support to victims' families and bring awareness about violence in a city of 100,000 people. Take Back The Site began in 1999 and recently marked its 100th vigil.
One Franciscan Clarist sister is dedicated to providing therapy to children born with physical developmental problems using a technique developed by a Czech pediatric neurologist. Named for the doctor, Vojta treatments improve motor functions like hand flexibility and chewing. The sister says that the reason the treatments are not more widely used in her country of India is due to its lack of profitability.
St. Benedict taught that those living the monastic life should live by the work of their hands. That's just fine with "the Soap Sister" of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Missouri.
Sr. Tracey Horan, a GSR contributor, will be presented the 2017 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development on June 14.
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