October 7, 2021 – Here’s a roundup of some recent news on religious life.

The International Theological Commission, which has a long history of important religious theologians contributing to its efforts (the inaugural council in 1969, for instance, included Henri de Lubac, SJ, Yves Congar, OP, Karl Rahner, SJ, and Bernard Lonergan, SJ). Recently, four more religious were appointed to the ITC:

  • Sr. Josée Ngalula, RSA from the Democratic Republic of Congo, becoming the first African woman ever to serve on the ITC; she works in a variety of areas, including traditional African religious and ecumenism (see a list of her publications, often in French, here).
  • Fr. Simon Francis Gaine, OP, an English Dominican currently teaching at the Angelicum in Rome, and specializing in theological questions relating to the afterlife.
  • Fr. Jorge José Ferrer, SJ, a bioethicist and director of the School of Theology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico.
  • Fr. Etienne Emmanuel Vetö, ICN, a lecturer in dogmatics at the Gregorian University.

In addition to the other sisters in science, Catholic News Service has an article on four Sisters of the Holy Child Mary who were largely responsible for the mapping and cataloging of the Vatican Observatory’s sectors of the sky for a late 19th century project call the “Carte du Ciel.”

Delving even further back into history, Corinne Gressang takes a deep dive into the history of French women religious during the time of the French Revolution in this long read.

Finally,  Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN talks about consecrated life in a short video at this year’s GIVEN Forum.