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.
As religious life evolves, so does the nature of charism. A charism is only as sustainable as the needs it serves and the response of individuals to the call to live it out. Today, that response and the needs served by a charism are in constant need of reconsideration.
More than 150 Catholic sisters from nine countries gathered in Tanzania for the 17th Plenary of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa. The 43-year-old organization represents approximately 40,000 sisters in nine countries.
Mary Immaculate Sr. Licia Puthuparambil, a member of the Canon Law Council of the International Union of Superiors General, lends her expertise to its mission to provide canonical guidance to leaders of religious institutes of women in Africa, Asia and elsewhere.
Worried about the unresolved tensions between the United States and North Korea, Catholic sisters are adding their voices to those calling for diplomatic efforts to ease recent hostilities.
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.
LCWR 2017: Beyond some annual processes and business sessions, the three days in Orlando hosted profound conversations regarding grief and vulnerability, the presence of love, and communion.
LCWR 2017: It's high time for women religious to take ownership of the narrative that has dominated their vocation for the past half-century, said St. Joseph Sr. Mary Pellegrino. As president of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious, she made an emphatic call to almost 800 women religious Aug. 10 to begin shifting the focus from diminishment to communion. The address, which was both challenging and comforting, was part of LCWR's annual assembly, held Aug. 8-11 in Orlando.
LCWR 2017 - Switching between podium and piano, keynote speaker Pramuk, a Regis University theologian, tied together the concepts of music, grief and refuge: "We sing our way from fear and hesitation to courage and fresh hope."
LCWR 2017 - A familiar Spanish saying defines the experience and worldview of Sr. Teresa Maya: Ni de aquí, ni de allá ("from neither here nor there"). A Mexican-American Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word, she transitions to become president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious on Aug. 11, the final night of its annual assembly.