Simply Spirit: A great woman has gone from our midst. Her name is Christine Vladimiroff, and we who are passionate about reform owe profound thanks for this woman's life.
Sr. Mai Thanh, 86, former provincial of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Vietnam, is now engaged in interfaith activities. A devoted daughter and poet, she was born to a Confucian family and converted to Catholicism, which her father, a government official and Confucian devotee, considered a foreign religion, especially because it banned its followers from conducting ceremonies to worship their ancestors.
Global Sisters Report: What led you to Catholicism?
"There is an urgent need for people to reclaim our democracy. Simply put, it is being threatened by big money," Sr. Simone Campbell said.
Grace on the Margins: "As we gain wisdom ... our hope can be that we -- the whole church -- will find healing words that will both strengthen marriages."
Global Sisters Report: Sr. Christine Vladimiroff refused to follow a Vatican order to prohibit Sr. Joan Chittister from speaking at a conference advocating women's ordination.
Simply Spirit: For more than 40 years, I've been inspired by Sr. Margaret McKenna, who now runs an addiction recovery community in North Philadelphia.
Looking out a window in the tiny offices housing the Religious Formation Conference, it's hard not to notice the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' headquarters next door, towering above everything else in all its stone and glassiness.
"I'm not even sure they know we're here," Holy Union Sr. Carol Regan, associate director of the Religious Formation Conference, said with a laugh.
She was joking, but it could be true.
Ask Notre Dame de Namur Sr. Mary Johnson to draw a picture of a successful religious institute 20 years out. She doesn't mention whether it's liberal or conservative, where it is, how big it is, how old its members are or what they are wearing.
In her picture, it's the connecting that matters.
Twenty-six Sisters of Charity of New York will soon move into assisted living facilities at Jewish Home Lifecare in the Bronx after a multiyear study conducted by the religious congregation found it was "no longer feasible to continue doing our retirement ministry on our own."
Most of the sisters had been living at Mount St. Vincent Convent in the Bronx and Mary the Queen Convent in Yonkers, two of the facilities where the congregation's retired sisters currently reside. The third facility is St. Patrick's Villa in Nanuet.