Women religious in 'frontier' ministries

Our latest installment of Women Religious: Lives of Mercy and Justice presents not one, but three stories. The first two stories look at women religious working in areas not typically thought of as "sisters' work" let alone ministry. Last we offer a Holy Week mediation from the late Sr. Thea Bowman.

The newest frontier

In years past, missionaries would head to frontier lands or uncharted foreign climes and and open mission outposts. Sr. Caroline Cerveny and Sr. Susan Wolf have heard the call to missionary work in on of today's most vast uncharted frontiers: cyberspace.

Read about how they are helping parishes us Internet technology in religious education and pastoral outreach: Technology for parishes is about relationships

Redeeming the wasteland

Sr. Rose Pacatte is media critic. (She contributes to NCR For those who might question that role for a Catholic sister, Pacatte says: "Media-makers tell the stories, and therefore, they own the culture. The culture is this overarching bundle of ideas and ideals that guide our lives. Without mindful people of faith engaging in media culture critically (not negatively) then we remain unaware of the very water we are swimming in."

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Read more at Daughter of St. Paul casts critical but caring look at Hollywood

Living Holy Week
The late Sister Thea Bowman, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration from Canton, Miss., was nationally known for her work to advance the life of her fellow black Catholics in the church. She was 52 when she died of bone cancer on march 30, 1990, but her legacy as an educator, evangelist and gospel singer lives on.

Read the mediation here: Late nun's plea to live Holy Week still resonates


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