Harry Dorsey, SSJ, African-American Religious

2021-04-21T15:11:52+00:00Apr 21, 2021|Categories: In the News|

On April 20th, a Minnesota jury convicted former police officer Derrick Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd. The Hennepin County Courthouse, barricaded in downtown Minneapolis, had gathered a crowd of protestors, who erupted into cheers when the verdict was read. Seven miles away at the University of St. Thomas, [...]

The Vatican Observatory’s New Website

2021-04-08T18:29:46+00:00Apr 8, 2021|Categories: In the News|

The Vatican Observatory, long run by the Jesuits, has recently complete a redesign of their website. The new site includes features like a podcast, with episodes such as "Death by Meteorite? What are the Chances?" and "The Vatican's Interest in Space Exploration?" There's a list of the scientists working at [...]

CICLSAL Letter on 25th Anniversary of Vita Consecrata

2021-03-26T13:11:34+00:00Mar 25, 2021|Categories: In the News, Latest|Tags: |

Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of of Apostolic Living (CICLSAL) issued a letter today, March 25th, 2021, commemorating the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II's apostolic exhortation Vita Consecrata.  Recalling the vitality and originality of the document (something Card. [...]

Religious Brothers Day May 1, 2021

2021-03-22T19:12:44+00:00Mar 22, 2021|Categories: In the News|

Be part of the national Religious Brothers Day Virtual Gathering on Religious Brothers Day, May 1, 1:3-2:30 pm (ET). We will celebrate the vocation of brother with prayer, reflections by several brothers, and small group conversation. Register here to get the Zoom link. Click here to get resources and materials related [...]

Xavieran Sister Acts to Save Lives in Myanmar

2021-03-18T15:24:58+00:00Mar 18, 2021|Categories: In the News|

On February 1, 2021, a coup d'état was staged in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party was forcibly removed from power by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar's military, headed by Min Aung Hlaing). In the following days, a number or protests occurred, with some turning violent. During one [...]

Catholic Sisters Week 2021 Link Roundup

2021-03-12T20:37:00+00:00Mar 12, 2021|Categories: In the News|

Catholic Sisters Week is March 8-14th, 2021. An annual event sponsored by the Communicators for Women Religious since 2019, it is a week that "shines a light on the spirituality, mission, and community building of women religious." This year, many of the congregations involved used the attention to focus on [...]

Benedictine Community Turns to Virtual Discernment

2021-02-17T14:51:25+00:00Feb 18, 2021|Categories: In the News|

The challenges of COVID-19 have forced religious communities to adapt their vocational process. Like the Dutch Trappists of Koningshoeven , a community of Benedictine women in Arkansas has largely moved their vocation and discernment process online. The director of vocations, Sr. Judith Timmerman, holds online discernment retreats, and communicates with [...]

Black Religious Sisters Broke Racial Barriers

2021-02-17T18:32:34+00:00Feb 17, 2021|Categories: In the News|

Shannen Dee Williams, an assistant professor of history at Villanova University, is writing a book on the history of black religious sisters in America and the way they took on racism and institutional barriers to entry in religious life. Their story is, she says, an overlooked one, and one that [...]

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