GSR Today - Inspiration, signs of "evolutionary changes," and ideas for living out mercy were found April 18-20 at the National Catholic Educational Association meeting of more than 8,000 teachers, administrators, superintendents, librarians and archivists.
The work of Religious of Jesus and Mary Sr. Yudith Pereira has taken her from her native Madrid to an office in Rome and villages throughout South Sudan. As project manager of the initiative Solidarity with South Sudan, Pereira helps run the program that includes projects in education, health training and pastoral initiatives.
Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya and Tanzania as part of a team from Microfinancing Partners in Africa (MPA) because I serve on its advisory board. Microfinancing Partners in Africa was started by Sr. Toni Temporiti, a Sister of the Most Precious Blood, to provide some funding for microfinancing programs in several African countries. Now the non-profit organization is working with African sisters to start new projects.
Sr. Colette Hamza, a Sister of St. Francis Xavier, lives close to Marseille, France, where a quarter of the population is Muslim. Sister Colette teaches religion to children at a school where the majority of students are Muslim. "Slowly, step by step, we contribute to a better understanding between Muslims and Christians."
Responding to an invitation in 1997 to teach at a Regional Pastoral Center in the state of Bihar, India, opened my eyes to the extreme deprivation of the people residing there. Teaching social justice and women's empowerment has provided a background showing that the presence of Presentation Sisters makes sense and becomes the driving force to become love poured out to a people who seek an identity.
GSR Today - As Global Sisters Report marks its third anniversary April 22, our coverage of Catholic sisters reflects their efforts to bring about the world we prayed for during the Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross.
Adrian Dominican Sr. Nancy Murray knows from decades of theater work that without great writing, a great performer is nothing. She also knows this from the experience of four of her brothers: Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, John Murray and Joel Murray.
About 40 Bon Secours Sisters from Peru are on the ground providing health care. While the sisters had previous experience in medical campaigns, being thrown into emergency situations requiring them to "think on their feet and troubleshoot" has been a new experience for them.
"In gifted counseling, Jesus reveals the problem or the situation of the counselee before you in symbolism," explains Sr. Lissy Vallippalam, a member of the Sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. "We rely much on God working through us."
Every day, hundreds of people walk up and down the Upper Manhattan block of 97th Street just off of Broadway and pass an inconspicuous brown door. They probably never give it a thought or care. But to knock on that door and be greeted by Sr. Mary Petrosky of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary is to enter a warm, welcoming and comfortable space, one that merges the spirit of a convent with a kind of mini-United Nations.
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