Extension launches #SisterSelfie during National Catholic Sisters Week

Catholic Extension, a Chicago-based national fundraising organization that builds churches and aids the Catholic Church in America's poorest places, is honoring women religious working in the 90 dioceses it supports by sharing their stories on its website and in social media.

The recognition is how Catholic Extension is taking part in National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14.

The organization has invited followers to take a photo of themselves with a religious sister who has impacted their lives and post it, along with the hashtags #SisterSelfie and #NCSW.

Association is ready to change the realities of Hispanic sisters in the US

There are about 5,000 Hispanic sisters in the U.S., meeting a growing need. At the same time, the sisters tend to be apart from their communities and can feel disconnected from the wider church. The Association of Hispanic Sisters in the United States, an informal, grassroots network hosting biannual meetings since 2008, has received a grant that will develop its management so as to be able to offer acculturation and ongoing formation services and be a resource to leadership teams in Latin America.

Women's liturgical role: lessons to be learned

An international network of priest associations and reform groups gathered in Chicago last October. I was eager to see if wounds previously felt by the group around women's issues in the church had healed. Would there be any movement in the group's willingness to accept women in more visible liturgical roles? Or would the same fears and concerns resurface?

First nun in Samburu tribe opens choice for Kenyan girls

Sr. Roseline Lenguris is the first woman from the Samburu tribe to become a Catholic sister. When the elders of the Lkichaki village, on the windswept plains of central Kenya, heard that Lenguris wanted to pursue such a vocation, their response was unanimous: "You had rather be dead than to live in this world without bearing children like a dry stick," they told Lenguris, a sentence that still makes her tear up, more than 15 years later. Now, she is welcomed and is a role model for girls in her village.