News in Vocations

Sister Wendy Beckett

Sister Wendy Beckett

by: Rachel Gregory-The Tablet in Religious,

Others will write of Sister Wendy Beckett, who found fame in the 1990s with her popular TV documentaries, as an art critic and public figure. This is a tribute to a woman for whom God was her very life. Born in South Africa, Sr Wendy joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a teaching order, in 1947 at the age of 16.

Don't be afraid of crises, pope tells Jesuits

Don't be afraid of crises, pope tells Jesuits

by: Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service in Religious,

Jesuits are called upon to offer themselves to others and "take care of the world that God loves." Jesuits are called upon to live on the outskirtsin delicate situations, and "in the deserts of humanity." They may find themselves "like a lamb among wolves, but they must not battle the wolves, they must only be a lamb," never becoming like the wolves, so that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will know "where his lamb is."

 The surprising alliance between nuns and religious ‘Nones’

The surprising alliance between nuns and religious ‘Nones’

by: Claire Zulkey - US Catholic in Religious,

The Nuns & Nones origin story is almost disappointingly practical. In 2016 Santa Fe-based minister Wayne Muller visited retreat centers of women religious in the Midwest shortly after he led a retreat for 25 Millennials involved in social justice work—a growing group of young adults who considered themselves spiritually oriented but not affiliated with a specific religion (aka “Nones”)

19 Algerian martyrs to be beatified in December

19 Algerian martyrs to be beatified in December

by: Mélinée Le Priol - L Croix International in Religious,

The Tibhirine monks as well as Bishop Pierre Claverie and eleven other Catholic religious were killed during Algeria's 'dark decade'. Ultimately, it was decided to hold the event in Oran, the city of Bishop Claverie at the time of his assassination on Aug. 1, 1996.

Bangladeshi nun on mission to heal hearts

Bangladeshi nun on mission to heal hearts

by: Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka - UCAN in Religious,

Sister Gloria, the sixth of nine children, has dedicated her life to serving God and healing the hearts of people suffering various forms of psychological distress in this Muslim-majority South Asian nation.

New instructions for the contemplative life of women

New instructions for the contemplative life of women

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Religious,

Pope provides precise guidelines regarding practical and spiritual aspects pertaining to founding and running of monasteries for contemplative nuns. The document, Cor Orans ("Praying Heart") is a follow-up instruction on implementing Pope Francis' 2016 document Vultum Dei Quaerere ("Seeking the Face of God"). These documents safeguard the identity and mission of contemplative nuns.

Religious sister made MBE for her work to end modern slavery

Religious sister made MBE for her work to end modern slavery

by: Rose Gamble , James Macintyre - The Tablet in Religious,

Sister Imelda, made MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, is a key ally in Her Majesty’s Government’s campaign to eradicate modern slavery. She is joined by the prominent Catholic, James (Jimmy) Burns, who was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to UK and Spain relations.

Times are changing and these cloistered nuns are adapting

Times are changing and these cloistered nuns are adapting

by: Kristen Whitney Daniels - US Catholic.org in Religious,

Much like the Poor Clare Colettine nuns, other traditionally monastic and cloistered communities are reevaluating the role that social media and technology play within their walls. While some communities have been active on the internet since its existence, others are just starting their foray into Facebook and Twitter. And as with other technological changes, communities are again being asked to consider where society ends and the cloister begins.

Nuns in Indian slum toil for women's dignity

Nuns in Indian slum toil for women's dignity

by: Saji Thomas - UCAN in Religious,

Bishop Karotemprel, who founded the congregation in 1989, said the nuns have helped "thousands of voiceless domestic workers" like Asharf to find "their place and value in their families and society." The 84-year-old bishop said he founded the congregation to help poor women in what was a newly developing diocese. "Thousands of people were living in the slums. 

Paul VI and Romero examples for today

Paul VI and Romero examples for today

by: Nicolas Senèze, Rome - La Croix International in Priests,

It is not surprising that these two 20th century figures will be put forward as models to the youth of the 21st  century by being canonized, the first at the end of the Youth Synod in October, and the either at the same synod, or, more probably, during the World Youth Days in Panama, in January 2019.