Posts Tagged ‘women religious’

Women’s profile rising at Vatican

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Over the past six years, the profile of women at Vatican events, especially women religious, has risen sharply. Since Pope Francis’s election, more women have been taking centre stage with the “parrhesia” or boldness he encourages. Today Members of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) – who lead about 450,000 women religious around the Read more

#Nunstoo – Pope admits priests abused nuns

Monday, February 11th, 2019

A #Nunstoo movement has gained momentum since Pope Francis last week admitted Catholic clergy’s sexual abuse of nuns. “There are some priests and also bishops who have done it,” the pontiff said last week in response to a journalist’s question during his return flight from the United Arab Emirates. Francis’s admission followed an outcry last Read more

Superiors General of female orders want more influence

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The superiors general of 34 female orders want more influence in the Church. As part of an international umbrella organization, the International Union of Superiors General, the superiors from orders in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg want women to be admitted to all offices in the Church, including ordained offices. The German-speaking superiors general, who Read more

World’s superiors general want women’s votes at synod

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Women’s votes at synods of bishops should be sought and they should have a larger role, say two Rome-based umbrella groups representing about a million Catholic religious from around the world. The Union of Superiors General for priests and brothers and the International Union of Superiors General for sisters and nuns are working on a Read more

Women religious shouldn’t focus on dwindling numbers

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Sister Mary Pellegrino, outgoing president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, says rather than focusing on dwindling numbers, women religious should focus on the communion they have with each other. She says just concentrating on dwindling numbers diminishes every vocation, the church and even God. The smaller numbers also “reflects our fears and our Read more

Asia Oceania women religious meeting embraces ecospirtuality

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Ecospirituality was the focus of The Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious XVII which concluded March 3 in Yangon, Myanmar. There were 132 participants from 21 countries attending the meeting. The conference’s theme was”A Call for Global Ecological Conversion.” Participants explored the meaning of ecospirituality and the inherent Asian spirituality that celebrates ; “Contemplative consciousness” and “ecological Read more

Women religious warned against entitlement mindset

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Catholic women religious leaders have been warned against an “entitlement creep” that numbs them from confronting poverty and environmental destruction. St Joseph Sister, Sr Carol Zinn, issued the warning at the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General in Rome The US sister said religious life has widely been a “first-world lifestyle” marked Read more

Taking a leap of faith into religious life

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Young men and women in New Zealand are devoting their lives to the Church. We hear from some of them about their path ahead. Jane Maisey spent her twenties exploring, both physically and spiritually, looking at different religions and ways of being. But it wasn’t until the Christchurch earthquakes that she came back to the Read more

What little old Sister Lucy taught us

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

On a recent visit to India a few close friends sat around reminiscing about our college days; invariably the conversation moved to Sister Lucy, the unforgettable Principal of Loreto College. Sister Lucy epitomised everything brilliant about parochial education. She was incredibly strict but also unbelievably smart, witty, kind and a beautiful person who strove to Read more

Women religious working on the margins

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

It takes nerves of steel to stand in your doorway and tell rebel soldiers waving guns that no, the woman they are seeking is most certainly not in the room behind you, when in fact she is hiding a few feet away, under your bed. But that’s what Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe did. It takes stunning Read more