St. Joseph Sr. Christine Schenk served urban families for 18 years as a nurse midwife before co-founding FutureChurch, where she served for 23 years. She holds master's degrees in nursing and theology.

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Catholic sisters are not an 'endangered species'

Simply Spirit: I was recently re-inspired by some young sisters, who place their confidence not in the human institutions that have served the church in the past but in the God who summons them to serve in new ways in the future.


Catholic schools a faithful presence at Cleveland March for Our Lives

Simply Spirit: "Every single one of you has a light and a fire inside of you that nobody has the right to put out. ... We are leaders and we are all capable of amazing change."


Dismantling Catholic misogyny: searching for a way forward

Simply Spirit: Former Irish President Mary McAleese prophetically said that Catholic patriarchalism "acts as a powerful brake on dismantling the architecture of misogyny wherever it is found." She was speaking at the March 8 Voices of Faith event in Rome.


Heart-sharing illumines God's great love

Simply Spirit: Sometimes I need to be reminded that, current political debacles aside, the whole world isn't going to hell in a hand basket. What we do (and usually take for granted) is a powerful witness for what sisters are all about.


Prayer is a relationship