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Collaborating north-to-south, sisters exemplify changing world demographics

The Life - Openness to cultures. Psychological shifts. Economic differences. Succession planning. Forgiveness. This month our sister-panelists from all over the world speculate on the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing demographics of religious life, as the shift from global North to South becomes more evident. They addressed this question: What challenges and opportunities do you see as leadership shifts from the global North to the global South? 

Q & A with Sr. Sharon Dillon, executive director of the National Religious Vocation Conference

"I believe everyone has a unique vocation, and I enjoy helping people find what that is," says Sr. Sharon Dillon of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis. Dillon spoke with Global Sisters Report about her vision for the organization became executive director of in June, and how her past ministries inform her work.

Refugee or asylum-seeker?

Refugees and asylum-seekers seeking entry in the United States face separate, extensive processes that last years. Refugees are sent to a host country after extensive, multi-year vetting by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees that begins once they've left their homes and registered as refugees. Those who do not register cannot be resettled. 

Setting moon, rising sun

What if I were a millennial today searching for a way to fulfill my calling, rather than the baby boomer I am, now settled in religious life? In all honesty, I probably wouldn't consider a traditional religious community today that wasn't actively, creatively engaged in renewing itself.