Sr. Yexci Moreno reflects on her journey as a sister as well as her worries for the community and "my kids" as Venezuela weathers a crisis that has led to shortages of basic foods and medicines.
Sr. Leonir de Fátima Fabris is a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who is originally from Brazil. She is a psychologist, a nurse and a naturopath who works in the Hakumana center in Maputo, Mozambique, where a high percentage of the population lives with HIV/AIDS.
After 40 years of community organizing, Sr. Pearl Ceasar will assume her role as superior general of the Sisters of Providence, a congregation that spans the U.S. Southwest, Missouri, Colorado, California and Mexico. She is now working on transitioning out of her position as executive director of Project QUEST (Quality Employment through Skills Training) in San Antonio.
In a country with limited social services, Catholic sisters frequently take up the work of caring for children with disabilities in Vietnam. Recent training from a non-governmental organization has helped the sisters alongside Buddhist nuns and volunteers who care for children in Hue Province, about 325 in all.
Sr. Alexandra Vega, a member of the Congregation of the Religious of Our Lady of Sion in Costa Rica, has a powerful view of the Bible and of life: They go together.
Sr. Teresa Gomez and Sr. Yexci Moreno of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Castres have teamed up with Caritas de Venezuela to address the lack of food in their community. Amid Venezuela's faltering economy, they have a preschool that serves 110 children and provides them two meals a day. A Saturday clinic tracks child development and malnourishment, finding more children who need assistance.
GSR Today - Sr. Charmaine Krohe and Sr. Arlene Flaherty, told me that partnering with Beyond Borders is a way for the Atlantic-Midwest Province to have an impact in Haiti without, as Flaherty called it, "putting boots on the ground."
Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald is a pioneering Irish Mercy sister, a nurse by training, who has spearheaded the provision of residential treatment for those with addictions in Ireland for 50 years. She has a saying: No matter how difficult the obstacle she faces, "Our Lady will provide."
In October, when nearly 150 sisters came together in Nairobi from across Africa for the Hilton Foundation and African Sisters Education Collaborative Convening, most of the time was devoted to exploring the future of sisters and their ministries. But before looking forward, it is essential to look back at the stories that shaped each sister. Global Sisters Report led a writing workshop in Nairobi and, here, the sisters tell their stories.
In the coastal village on the outskirts of Quy Nhon City, central Vietnam, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary carry on a decadeslong tradition of service to people with Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy.