From Where I Stand Preview: President Donald Trump's insult of black countries touches our integrity as a nation. I believe that if we do not as a people say "Enough!" now, we will regret it for years.
As I look at the future of religious life, I want to share a touchstone moment that happened right before I took my first vows. It took time to fully understand what it meant, but the experience has reassured and comforted me in times of great change. Several years later, I was finally able to put my reflections on this experience in writing.
A look into what happened in the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania, in 1960: a story of racially motivated rejection, the pain that followed, and an eventual present-day apology to Patricia Grey.
Following last August's presentation to LCWR about anti-black racism among Catholic sisters in the U.S., historian Shannen Dee Williams has been invited to see the archives of and speak directly to a number of congregations. For her, interest in her work epitomizes the complex relationship white women religious have with anti-black racism, as they are now trying to learn more and do the right thing.
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Sr. Carol Shinnick of the School Sisters of Notre Dame has been appointed to serve as interim director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) by its board for a six-month term effective Jan. 1. The three-year term of Sr. Joan Marie Steadman, a Sister of the Holy Cross of Notre Dame, Indiana, ends Dec. 31.
GSR Today - Most women's congregations in Europe and America have been around a long time, founded by women who lived hundreds of years ago. However, in my travels in Asia and Africa, I have met numerous congregations whose foundresses are still living, and whose congregations are less than 100 years old.
GSR Today - Global Sisters Report talked to Sr. Pat Murray, executive secretary of UISG, Sr. Teresa Maya, president of LCWR, and Sr. Joan-Marie Steadman, executive director of LCWR, as part of our annual planning process for topics to cover in the coming year. "It's not about numbers. We're learning in this process that we are enough for the Gospel," Maya said.
Global Sisters Report recently held a discussion with Loreto Sr. Pat Murray, , executive secretary of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG); Incarnate Word Sr. Teresa Maya, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR); and Holy Cross Sr. Joan Marie Steadman, executive director of LCWR, on topics related to the global sisterhood and the outlook for 2018 and beyond. Below is an edited version of that conversation.
GSR Today - In the Philippines, I was surprised by Filipinos' ways of celebrating Christmas, Advent and All Saints' and All Souls' Days. All Souls' Day, which in our Western culture is a solemn time to remember our deceased loved ones, was a festive celebration. I was glad to join in this new experience.
GSR Today: As Sr. Joan Chittister told us at the recent Fourth International Oblate Congress in Rome, Oblates "are not meant to simply be consumers of the Benedictine tradition. You are meant to be carriers of the tradition. You are the future of the order."