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.
- ReportCatholic Sisters Initiative In Transition: The 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 and their work to advance human development around the globe. …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Nuns and Women Religious
- CommentaryHow Young Women Become Catholic Sisters TodayWhen 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 …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Nuns and Women Religious, Southern California
- VideoEncountering God: A Catholic Sisters’s Journey
- CommentaryHow a Group of California Nuns Challenged the Catholic ChurchThis 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 …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Creativity and Innovation, Nuns and Women Religious
- VideoCatholic Sisters: Champions of Sustainable Development
- ReportSisters Serving the World: The 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 and their work to advance human development around the globe. …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Nuns and Women Religious
- VideoCatholic Sisters Create a Model of Economic Empowerment in Zambia
- 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
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.