Simply Spirit - I was recently re-inspired by some young sisters, who place their confidence not in the human institutions that have served the church in the past but in the God who summons them to serve in new ways in the future.
In However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis, sisters recount how they navigated their organization through the doctrinal assessment to an amicable resolution with the Vatican and share lessons for communal discernment and collective decision-making in times of conflict.
Speakers at the "Daughters of Wisdom: Women and Leadership in the Global Church" conference at DePaul University in Chicago are themselves evidence of women already exercising leadership in academia, religious life, and social and environmental justice organizations around the world. "We are very powerful," said Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe. "The truth is that without women, the church cannot stand."
GSR Today - At the gathering of the Confederation of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar, or COMSAM, more than 400 brightly habited women and men religious from some of the most troubled areas of Africa reflected on their roles in the future of their countries and the continent.
Participants in the Together program will engage in theological reflection, spiritual direction and experiences that foster interpersonal skills for community living, intercultural capacities and effective communication.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - In this Random Nun Clip, Sr. Maxine and her guest Sr. Michele Denton talk about surprises along the way to entering religious life.
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 - Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team chaplain, Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt, garners affection for valid, welcome reasons. But there are some points that we at GSR would like to share with our media colleagues.
At the end of two weeks of meetings that drew women from throughout the world, the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women called for stronger efforts to advocate equality for a largely ignored group — rural women and girls.
A community of young Salvadoran sisters asked to participate in the Life Satisfaction Scale for Apostolic Women Religious (LSSAWR). Our meeting was graced with so many transformative encounters that it drew me into a deeper reflection on the Feast of the Visitation.
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