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.
It's day three for Nuns on the Bus, and Franciscan Sr. Jan Cebula, U.S. liaison for Global Sisters Report, our sister publication, is blogging from the bus until Sunday. Keep up with the sisters' journey every day at GSR's Nuns on the Bus blog.
Global Sisters Report: An estimated 300 people gathered at the Iowa Capitol to send the Nuns on the Bus off on their third annual tour.
Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell, the well-known executive director of NETWORK, will kick off will the third Nuns on the Bus tour Wednesday with a 10 a.m. CDT rally at the Iowa State Capitol with her team and guest speaker Vice President Joe Biden. Titled "We the People, We the Voters," this year's bus tour will focus on civic engagement and voter registration in 36 U.S. cities in 10 key states from Iowa to Colorado.
Global Sisters Report: Sr. Teresita Weind took the pulpit Sept. 7 to preach about how long it takes for the deep hurts in people to heal. And she knows.
I'm showing up. As a baby boomer from the United States. As a person of faith.
I am going to the People's Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York.
The security of our home, planet Earth, is threatened. That's why I'm going. It is not the terrorists, the immigrants, or people who are poor that is causing this threat to Earth's viability. It's the continued excessive emissions of greenhouse gases created by those of us who live in highly industrialized, corporatized and technology-rich countries.
If Sr. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is canonized, she will become the second person born in the modern United States to be named a saint.