Notes from the Field: Veterinary technician Songé Sengela gives interactive formation sessions for families who receive goats as part of the Caritas goat program in Haiti's Gros Morne parish. Participants who follow her advice raise healthier animals that will sell for a better price at the Friday animal market in Gros Morne.
Sr. Evelyn Hurley lives on the assisted-living floor of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth motherhouse in Kentucy, but she doesn't really need to. Hurley, who is 103, chose to live on the assisted-living floor because she wants to make sure the older sisters are well taken care of.
"You are wedded to a community, and these are the people you are committed to and let yourself be formed by. We are growing together in faith."
Getting to know a distinct culture is possible for outsiders, providing they are willing to do the work. So I entered into my work researching sisters with the expectation that I was perfectly capable of understanding this world, although it would take time to learn enough about it to write capably and confidently.
In Conversation - Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Annmarie Sanders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and Betty Thompson of Solidarity with Sisters discuss their new book, However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis.
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.