The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious publishes a Vocations Directory in paper, online and in an app — enlivened with photos to give "a feel for the community" to women deciding whether to make lifelong vows.
GSR Today - The Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious XVII was my sixth AMOR gathering. Each meeting gave me the opportunity to learn about the shifts in Southeast Asian and Pacific countries' politics, as well as women religious' responses to changes in societies.
Catholic Extension, a Chicago-based national fundraising organization that builds churches and aids the Catholic Church in America's poorest places, is honoring women religious working in the 90 dioceses it supports by sharing their stories on its website and in social media.
The recognition is how Catholic Extension is taking part in National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14.
The organization has invited followers to take a photo of themselves with a religious sister who has impacted their lives and post it, along with the hashtags #SisterSelfie and #NCSW.
Three sisters from around the country came together online March 8 to share their best memories, enthusiasm and hopes for religious life in honor of National Catholic Sisters Week.
It happens over and over: Young women who have never spent time with a woman religious meet a sister and almost instantly find a strong, almost inexplicable connection, despite her initial thoughts that they would have nothing in common.
"We really set out on an adventure to see how many international sisters we could find," says lead author Sr. Mary Johnson. The study found more than 4,000 in the U.S. — "part of the global sisterhood."
At the 2015 chapter meeting for the Sisters of St. Louis, which was founded in France, the sisters elected the majority of their leaders from the Global South, including Sr. Winifred Ojo. This congregation is working on the geographical and cultural shift in religious life.
There are about 5,000 Hispanic sisters in the U.S., meeting a growing need. At the same time, the sisters tend to be apart from their communities and can feel disconnected from the wider church. The Association of Hispanic Sisters in the United States, an informal, grassroots network hosting biannual meetings since 2008, has received a grant that will develop its management so as to be able to offer acculturation and ongoing formation services and be a resource to leadership teams in Latin America.
Leaders of some of the congregations of women religious invited to Rome last year for further discussion of the apostolic visitation in the United States told Global Sisters Report they considered their trips constructive and a sign of better relations with Rome.
There is little doubt that religious life will change, though no one knows what that change will bring. One place to look is at the new religious communities being formed — an act made much easier by a directory of those communities released Feb. 1.
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