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How Young Women Become Catholic Sisters Today

When Sister Jeanette Kong was growing up in Singapore, she felt herself to be a “jaded and disillusioned young person.” She had been raised in a Catholic family environment with a Catholic …

Encountering God: A Catholic Sisters’s Journey

Sister Jeanette Kong shares how she went from a “jaded and disillusioned young person” to a Verbum Dei Missionary in this video: Fewer young women in the United States are deciding to …

How a Group of California Nuns Challenged the Catholic Church

This article was originally published on The Conversation. California in the 1960s was the epicenter for spiritual experimentation. Indian gurus and New Age prophets, Jesus freaks and Scientologists all found followings in …

Catholic Sisters: Champions of Sustainable Development

Catholic sisters’ work with vulnerable people is inspired by their faith, and it also aligns with international community’s approach to development. This video illustrates the unique role sisters play in promoting sustainable …

Sisters Serving the World: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative Strategy

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Catholic Sisters Initiative launched a five-year strategy in February 2013 to enhance the vitality of Catholic sisters and their work to advance human development around the globe. …

Catholic Sisters Create a Model of Economic Empowerment in Zambia

In Chipapa, Zambia, Catholic sisters have created a model of sustainable development that allows the sisters to support themselves while helping the wider community. Sister Catherine Oguonu provides a tour of the …

Catholic Sisters Discuss Sustainable Development in Africa at Nairobi Convening

Along with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), CRCC convened leaders from the Catholic Church, NGOs, state governments and foundations for “Catholic Sisters: Champions of Sustainable …

Catholic Sisters in Africa: Strong, Vital and Taking on Global Challenges

This post was adapted from our report on the Conrad N. Hilton’s Catholic Sisters Initiative. Catholic sisters have been present in Africa since the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny landed on …

The Emerging Global Sisterhood – Sr. Rosemarie Nassif on Catholic Sisters, Pope Francis & the UN SDGs

With a global network of Catholic sisters, the Catholic Church has a unique ability to respond to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sister Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, speaks at the International …

Women Deacons or Not, Future of Religious Life Lies in Global Sisterhood

Pope Francis’ openness to having a Vatican commission study the possibility of ordaining women deacons has created a great deal of discussion in recent weeks. It’s significant that he made this statement …

The Habit and the Hijab: An Exploration on Sacred Dress

Not all nuns look the same. As a Muslim American with very little exposure to Catholicism, I recently have learned about the diversity of Catholic sisters. This basic lesson has proven to …

Hilton Foundation Convening: Bringing Together Builders of the Global Sisterhood

This post originally appeared on the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s website. CRCC serves as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning partner for the Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative. Click here to see CRCC’s …

Building the Global Sisterhood: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative Strategy

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Catholic Sisters Initiative launched a five-year strategy in February 2013 to enhance the vitality of Catholic sisters, who in turn advance human development around the globe. The …

Educating the Educators: Equipping Catholic Sisters to Educate in Africa

Catholic schools educate more than 19 million children across Africa, and many of these schools are run by women religious. In this video, Holy Cross Sister Prisca Muthoni describes her school in …

Meet Your Local Catholic Sister

I grew up in suburban Philadelphia where Catholic sisters were a visible and integral part of our churches, schools and hospitals. Sister Immaculata, Sister Dolores, Sister Marcille and countless others educated, nurtured …

Excel for Sisters: Financial Literacy Training for African Religious Leaders

Catholic sisters run schools, hospitals and large charitable organizations across Africa, often without a lot of training in accounting and finances. Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) finance workshops teach sisters how to …

College-bound Sisters: Higher Education for Sisters in Africa

Earning an advanced degree can allow Catholic sisters in Africa to become administrators at schools, nurses and health workers and other professionals that serve their communities. Catholic sisters provide crucial services in …

Catholic Sisters Lead the Way in Africa

In Kenya, 27 percent of women and girls undergo Female Genital Mutilation. Catholic sisters have played a significant role in changing the culture and helping girls who are running away from FGM …

Pope Francis Loves Nuns, But Can the Divide Between Sisters and Vatican Be Healed?

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Pope Francis confessed his love for a woman—for many women, actually—on national television this month. After talking with immigrant families in McAllen, Texas on the …

Katy Perry’s Not the Only One Who Wants to Live in a Convent

This post originally appeared on Zocalo Public Square. TIME.com also published the piece. I moved into a convent 10 years ago this summer. My roommates were not Catholic sisters, but other recent …