The amount of news we hear or read from every corner of the globe has exponentially increased. In turn, there is an increasing sense of disempowerment or impotency in the face of such suffering and pain because we don't know what we can do.
Sr. Chelsea Bethany Davis, 26, says she is the youngest professed sister of the Daughters of St. Paul. Davis is about four years from professing her final vows. She spoke with Global Sisters Report about life as a millennial sister at a time when about 90 percent of American women religious are over 60.
From A Nun's Life podcasts – Sylvania Franciscan Sr. Shannon Shrein reflects on the story of the Samaritan woman at the well and how faith can free us.
I am a student of Dante Alighieri. His insights about the destructive power of factionalism came home to me recently at a family meal.
Public accounts of mental illness and addictions among sisters have been rare, as have details of treatment and recovery. That may be because of the pervasive shame those illnesses can elicit, as well as a historical tendency for those who struggle with them to be directed only to spend more time in solitary prayer. But that is changing as knowledge and attitudes about mental illness evolve.
Recovery resources - These four accredited institutions in U.S. and Canada have a particular focus on working with men and women in religious orders as well as Catholic clergy on mental health and addiction disorders.
Sr. Rose Celeste O'Connell was once largely successful in hiding a secret: She liked to drink. A lot. "It was difficult to admit that you weren't the perfect religious, that you might have something wrong." Her recovery began in 1982 and has included ministry to other addicts.
Although she died 100 years ago, St. Frances Cabrini is a shining example of "love and intelligence" in ministering to the needs of immigrants and helping them become integral members of their new homelands, Pope Francis said.
"How dare she dream!" These authoritarian words were firmly imprinted in my mind. I was paralyzed and shocked. To which voice do I listen? The voice of my superiors, or the inner voice?
On the campus of the Comboni Missionaries in Juba, South Sudan, a monthly Recollection service helps religious cope with the stress of serving in a country enduring a civil war. Sisters, brothers and priests from different congregations come to the service for time to be together, prayer, community and quiet moments of solitude.