Following decades of repression, the Catholic Church in Cuba has been slowly rebuilding in the last 20 years. Through work by the sisters and other programs, the church extends its reach beyond parishes and strengthens ties with donors, often Cuban exiles in the U.S. and elsewhere. Care is taken to not draw too much attention from government officials lest there be repercussions from a government that discourages publicity on how the church or organizations step in where the state falls short.
Immigration officers arrested Sr. Patricia Fox, Philippine superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, at her convent in Quezon City April 16. The prosecutor in charge "found no probable cause" for her arrest and ordered the nun's "release for further investigation."
Few Catholic sisters have claimed the media spotlight recently quite like Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team. Global Sisters Report is talking to her after all of that about her role for the team and for all the students at Loyola.
"The hostel aims to give opportunities for ethnic students to study well at schools in the city," said Sr. Mary Nguyen Thi Thuan, head of the hostel, which is run by Mary Queen of Peace sisters in Buon Ma Thuot City. St. Teresa Hostel provides free accommodation, food, health care and education to first- through 12th-graders from remote villages in Vietnam's Central Highlands.
At an event to draw attention to the work of Catholic sisters in the world's most dangerous regions, Sr. Patricia Murray, executive director of the International Union of Superiors General, said women religious are "radically committed to incarnating the Gospel here and now, living the beatitudes and bringing the love of God to ever-new frontiers."
Visual Essay, Easter in Yen Bai Province - Holy Week took on particular significance for Lovers of the Holy Cross sisters who helped prepare Hmong ethnic villagers in the mountainous province of Yen Bai in northwestern Vietnam celebrate the holiest time of the year for the first time in decades.
As Venezuela's unprecedented economic crisis drags on for a fifth year, the four sisters from the Hermanitas de los Pobres de Maiquetía congregation that run the Providence Asylum nursing home face a heartbreaking dilemma: record demand, but record low resources. The most dreaded part of Sr. Emilia Rivero's day comes each morning. When she opens the door to the nursing home she runs in downtown Caracas, she almost always finds six to eight senior citizens, sometimes with their families, waiting outside, hoping she has space.
Sr. Constance Fonju helps at a school in Massea, Cameroon, for children from the area's Pygmy tribes. She considers it her favorite ministry, and spoke to GSR about how the school came to be.
Every weekday morning before class begins, Laurie Quirk, chairwoman of the English Department at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, waits for students to show up to share a brief prayer service enriched by the words of St. Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal. The weekday prayer service is just one way the school passes on the commonsense Salesian virtues to its 500 students, all girls. They, the alumnae and their families are entrusted to model the Visitation charism developed at a school founded in 1799, the oldest one for Catholic girls in the original 13 states.
GSR Today - It's hard to describe the atmosphere of events like the two-week meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. They are by turns festive, challenging and exhausting; you cannot possibly take in every event, every forum, every panel discussion related to the challenges women face.