The overwhelming majority of those pursuing vocations in Catholic religious life in the church were born into the faith. But a small, steady stream of men and women choose first to become Catholic and then, in what is perhaps an even larger leap of faith, choose religious life itself.
An Indian Catholic nun accused a bishop of raping her four years ago and then sexually abusing her multiple times over the following two years. But it was not until June 29 that the unidentified nun, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, complained to police of being raped in May 2014 by Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.
The Life - "True formation happens when I am fully present to my daily reality. Then the word of God pierces my heart in the most unexpected ways, through the hands of his people." In the debut installment of the second year of GSR's feature The Life, our new panelists share what they've learned from work and life as a sister.
A new report finds that human traffickers who prey on guest workers in the US are relying heavily on gaps in accountability within the temporary work visa system. Based on national hotline data from 2015 to 2017, 797 individuals are believed to be victims.
Religious life can rejuvenate and thrive in the 21st century. As the "expectant mothers" of this rejuvenation, we women religious must let go, take risks for change, be flexible and lead.
In southern Vietnam, government authorities ordered the Lovers of the Holy Cross Congregation to turn over their land to support an urban project. But sisters and allies are pushing back; protesters are calling for a land ownership amendment to Vietnam's constitution.
"When they come here they call it their home because they have no other home. A home is made of people who love and care for you."
At the Canadian Religious Conference's 32nd general assembly, religious leaders applauded a keynote speaker's call to rethink what Catholic religious life can be. "I think we need to see things in a more diversified way," professor Elena Lasida said.
The upcoming assembly of Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, themed "A Revolution of Goodness," foregoes a keynote speaker and strategic planning; instead it will include invited members of the general public. Sisters and affiliates sought out goodness in the world, and they will be reporting on what they found.
The Life - Inspiring. Enriching. Expanding. Sustaining. Nourishing. Creating solidarity. A profound sisterhood. A shared community of life around the world. That is how the panelists described their experience of writing for The Life this year. This month — the last month of the 2017-18 panel — we invited all the panelists to reflect on the year.
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