While some sisters said the reaffirmation created a wait-and-see moment, others were discouraged. "Nothing has changed," one sister said.
Sr. M. Patrice Kerin, a Franciscan sister in Sylvania, Ohio, who served as general superior and established the health care system Franciscan Services Corporation, died April 7 after a brief illness. She was 86.
Kerin was a good debater and listener, someone who helped people discover solutions instead of giving orders herself, friends said. She exhibited Franciscan values and Irish hospitality, they said.
"She had just a wonderful way of giving you the reverence that you were the only person that was important to her at that time," Franciscan Sr. Rachel Nijakowski said.
A year ago, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the US sisters' work contained "themes incompatible with the Catholic faith." Pope Francis has reportedly reaffirmed the assessment.
A Belfast choir about to perform the production “The Sound of Music” became a little more connected to the story’s protagonist.
Choir member Sr. Dympna O'Daly reveals that she and Maria von Trapp, the woman on which “The Sound of Music” is based, were pen pals, according to BBC News.
Visit BBC News to find out how the correspondence began and what they discussed.
Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo, the new second-in-command for the Vatican's religious congregation, is "personally modest, friendly and joyful," his predecessor said.
Women religious in the news
The last nun to run a Chicago-area hospital stepped down March 27 after 35 years.
The former head of many of the world's Franciscans will be responsible for men and women religious around the world as well as the controversial study of US sisters.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is giving its highest honor to former president Sr. Pat Farrell, for leadership “through an exceptionally challenging time.”
Benedictine Sr. Mary Lou Kownacki received the Archbishop Oscar Romero Award from the Mercyhurst University Religious Studies Department. The award is given out each year to an “organization or individual who meets the criteria of ‘living the call of faith and justice in an extraordinary manner,’” according to The Merciad, Mercyhurst’s newspaper.
Daughter of Charity Sr. Carol Keehan, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, will speak at Emory University on "Challenges for Catholic Health Care in a Complex World," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Click here for more information.
The Emory University website lists a few topics Keehan will discuss, including: