October 29, 2021 – Here’s a roundup of some recent news on religious life.

First, two articles on religious life news in Africa:

  • The Spiritans, founded in France in 1679 and first engaged in missionary work in African in 1799, have elected Fr. Alain Mayama, CSSp as their superior general. A native of Congo, Fr. Mayama is the first African to lead the Spiritans. Read the press release at Vatican News.
  • A small congregation of Nigerian sisters, the Missionary Sisters of St. John Paul II of Mary, are working to school and feed a portion of Nigeria’s 10.5 million children. Crux via Catholic News Service has a full profile of congregation’s work on this issue.

From South America:

  • A story on three sisters of the Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados, who minister to the elderly, died of COVID-19 while carrying out their apostolate. Fides.org explores their work and the lives their congregation has lost to COVID-19.
  • The Chicago Sun profiles a “justice exchange” program, where sisters from 14 congregations around Latin America gathered to learn, discuss common concerns, and build community. This year’s program focused on restorative justice.

Finally, Br. Chris Patiño, FSC posted a fascinating artistic rendering of the founder of his congregation, St. John Baptist de la Salle. See the pictures – and artist’s explanation – in his tweet: