Sr. Mariola Sequeira's curiosity about noises from a prison on the other side of a wall bordering her college led her to become a crusader for the rights of prisoners, poor people and minorities. As the Mission Sister of Ajmer moves on to a new job 1,300 miles away, she leaves a legacy of bold advocacy, especially on behalf of women.
We Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are called to provide relief to thousands in India's Darjeeling hills. Caught between violent protests and a government blockade, thousands have been cut off from food and medical supplies.
Maryknoll Sr. Janet Carroll, founding executive director of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau, was the recipient of the organization's 2017 Matteo Ricci Award, an honor bestowed upon people who best exemplify the bureau's mission to build a bridge of friendship and service between the Catholic Church in the United States and China.
The award, named for the 16th-century Jesuit missionary to China, was presented to Carroll at a banquet Aug. 12 during the China bureau's 27th biennial national conference at St. John's University.
Sr. Teresa Nguyen Thi Duc helps villagers abandon expensive and harmful burial customs, and brings them towards Catholicism. She spoke with GSR about her evangelization work with Ede ethnic villagers, whom she has served for 45 years.
This Sister of St. Joseph of the Apparition began her ministry as a simple gesture to bring soup to the dying. Her work has grown to partnerships with the U.N. and international HIV/AIDS organizations to bring life-saving treatments to people who have the disease.
Some tear at the roots of violence by running schools, health clinics or social programs. Others do it in smaller ways, concentrating not on changing neighborhoods or even city blocks, but individual lives. "We're under no illusions," says Dominican Sr. Joanne Delehanty. "Our energy goes into being church and being good neighbors."
LCWR 2017 - A familiar Spanish saying defines the experience and worldview of Sr. Teresa Maya: Ni de aquí, ni de allá ("from neither here nor there"). A Mexican-American Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word, she transitions to become president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious on Aug. 11, the final night of its annual assembly.
Sr. Barbara Paleczny, a Canadian School Sister of Notre Dame, has lived in South Sudan for nine years. Based in Juba, she travels throughout the country, her work focused on healing through workshops that offer trauma/psychosocial support for those affected by the country's ongoing civil war, and on training others to lead these workshops.
Over the past six years, Sr. Martina Leaka has helped more than 60 young people in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, find meaning in their lives and has prepared them for adulthood by training them at a center called Porter's House. There, they learn skills that enable them to be self-reliant, including sewing and baking products sold across the city.
Despite South Sudan's civil war, Kabu is a community trying to work out its destiny peacefully. The common goal? Grow enough food to sustain the village. And the India-based Daughters of Mary Immaculate have a key role in that.
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