You might say prison ministry is my "hobby" since it has been outside my routine assigned work. Prison ministry has given me a broad picture of the world, and made me understand people and society better.
In 2001, Phu Cuong Dominican Sr. Mary Cecilia Bui Thi Hong Hanh launched a savings program for domestic migrant women to cover their children's school fees. Hanh tried to encourage them to save money out of the monthly scholarships their children were awarded from the Binh Trieu Development Center that she runs on the outskirts of the city, offering free elementary education to children in first to fifth grades.
A seven-part documentary series focuses on the mission and charisms of women religious from Vietnam, Tanzania, the United States and elsewhere. The videos include interviews with sisters and those they serve, and convey the sisters' bonds and sense of community. The videos are available to view on Salt and Light TV's website.
Charity Sr. Therese Bangert, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, has been a volunteer chaplain for the Kansas City, Kansas, police and fire departments for more than 20 years.
In Manila, Sr. Maria Juanita "Nenet" Daño and a group of lay women help drug users and pushers to avoid becoming victims of the government's ongoing anti-drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives.
In addition to adopting four children and fostering close to 75 more, Srs. Berta Sailer and Corita Bussanmas, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, opened Operation Breakthrough, a nonprofit early-education center and social service facility in Kansas City that today serves more than 400 children and their families daily.
Caracas, Venezuela - Amid a spiraling economic crisis, the government is accused of authoritarianism. Among the protesters is Dominican Sr. Zulay Luján: "My goal is to be with the people, not with any political group, but with the people who are struggling." Protests here were sparked April 1 when the country's Supreme Court attempted to strip the National Assembly, the only opposition-controlled branch of government, of its powers. Protests have continued roughly four days a week since.
Cross of Chavanod Sr. Catherine Bernard, founder-director of the Service and Research Institute on Family and Children in India, believes God has chosen her to be a family life professional in an era of family breakdowns.
"For us, business is secondary to community. Supporting one another is essential to our success, and no one should have to carry a burden alone."
Notes from the Field - Our producers are a powerhouse group of women whose internal strength is seen in the way they carry others and continue to be resilient when encountering trauma.
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