Catholic sisters are both the center and the cutting edge of the church. Both in the United States and worldwide, women religious outnumber priests and brothers, yet they have experienced growth and decline in dramatic ways. Their ministries, particularly in education and health care, often make sisters pillars of their communities. They also work on the margins of society, putting them on the forefront of issues such as climate change and sex trafficking.
CRCC strives to understand change among sisters in local and global contexts. Doing so allows us to explore how religion is shaped by its context more broadly. In this space, we will highlight pockets of innovation and surprising stories of women religious adapting their internal structures and the work they do in the world to ensure the enduring legacy of Catholic sisters.
- CRCC in the NewsCatholic Sisters Discuss Sustainable Development in Africa at Nairobi ConveningAlong 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 …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Creativity and Innovation, Faith-Based Organizations, Hunger and Food Policy, Nuns and Women Religious, Sub-Saharan Africa
- CommentaryCatholic Sisters in Africa: Strong, Vital and Taking on Global ChallengesThis 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 …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Christians and Christianity, Economic Inequality, Gender, Government and Religion, International Affairs and Policy, Nuns and Women Religious, Religious Leadership, Sub-Saharan Africa
- VideoThe Emerging Global Sisterhood – Sr. Rosemarie Nassif on Catholic Sisters, Pope Francis & the UN SDGs
- CommentaryWomen Deacons or Not, Future of Religious Life Lies in Global SisterhoodPope 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 …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Nuns and Women Religious
- CommentaryThe Habit and the Hijab: An Exploration on Sacred DressNot 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 …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Gender, Interfaith/Multifaith Movements, Nuns and Women Religious
- EventHilton Foundation Convening: Bringing Together Builders of the Global SisterhoodThis 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 …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Nuns and Women Religious, Religious Leadership
- ReportBuilding the Global Sisterhood: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative StrategyThe 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 …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Nuns and Women Religious
- VideoEducating the Educators: Equipping Catholic Sisters to Educate in Africa
- CommentaryMeet Your Local Catholic SisterI 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 …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Creativity and Innovation, Millennials, Nuns and Women Religious
- VideoExcel for Sisters: Financial Literacy Training for African Religious Leaders
- VideoCollege-bound Sisters: Higher Education for Sisters in Africa
- VideoCatholic Sisters Lead the Way in Africa
With a little creativity, Catholic sisters’ spirit can live on in a very concrete way.
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- Tarra McNallyAssistant Director of EvaluationTarra McNally is an anthropologist specializing in evaluation and global health.
- Donald E. MillerDirector of Strategic InitiativesDonald Miller focuses on global religious trends, genocides of the 20th century, and the role of religious NGOs in addressing issues of moral concern.
- Megan SweasEditor and Director of CommunicationsMegan Sweas is a journalist specializing in social and economic justice issues and world religions.