Rome — An Indian social worker who was the first Asian to lead the global Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame called on the heads of the world's communities of Catholic women religious to stop "theologizing" about the needs of the poor and to instead get to work in the places most in need.
Sr. Mary Sujita told about 900 women religious representing nearly 500,000 sisters globally at the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) meeting May 10 that they can no longer "reduce [their] mission to some traditional ministries and good charitable deeds" but must work for deep, structural changes around the world.
"What is my real identity? Am I who I claim to be as a woman religious?" she asked. "Who is benefiting from my vows? Will my life make any difference in the lives of those most in need?"