News in Religious

Vatican clears Indian nun for sainthood

Vatican clears Indian nun for sainthood

by: ucanews.com reporter, Kochi, India in Religious,

India will soon have a new saint after Kerala-born nun Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan was cleared for canonization by the Vatican.  Pope Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Cause of Saints to publish a decree recognizing a miracle through the intercession of the nun, the Vatican announced on Feb. 13.

Wendy Beckett - RIP

Wendy Beckett - RIP

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Religious,

On December 26th, 2018, the family of art and the family of faith lost a cherished member. Sr. Wendy Beckett, aged 88, famed art critic, committed woman of faith, and nurturing friend to many, died.

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. 

Congregation of Vietnamese nuns celebrates 300 years

Congregation of Vietnamese nuns celebrates 300 years

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hue, Vietnam in Religious,

A congregation of nuns in central Vietnam has started a jubilee year to mark its efforts in bearing witness to Catholicism and serving the poor for 300 years. Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh of Hue celebrated at the opening Mass on March 21 to mark the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Lovers of the Holy Cross congregation in Hue.

Thousands venerate slain Indian nun on first feast day

Thousands venerate slain Indian nun on first feast day

by: Saji Thomas - UCAN in Religious,

Her assassin Singh also attended the Mass and special prayers for her beatification. He now leads the life of a farmer after serving a prison term. He has publicly expressed his repentance for the crime, seeking forgiveness from the nun's family.

XXII World Day For Consecrated Life

XXII World Day For Consecrated Life

by: Pope Francis - Vatican.va in Religious,

May we never look at the screen of our cellphone more than the eyes of our brothers or sisters, or focus more on our software than on the Lord. For whenever we put our own projects, methods and organization at the centre, consecrated life stops being attractive; it no longer speaks to others; it no longer flourishes because it forgets its very foundations, its very roots.

New Catholic Convent to open in UK

New Catholic Convent to open in UK

by: The Tablet - Jan 2018 in Religious,

The newest religious community in the UK has just received the keys to its very first convent – a converted barn complex near Dereham in Mid Norfolk.  The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham began life in 2004 in the Slipper Chapel at Walsingham. It grew out of a London vocations group that began in 1999, then became a discernment community called Cornerstone, housed in Whitechapel by the late Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.

Dominican brothers are releasing a folk album

Dominican brothers are releasing a folk album

by: Perry West - Catholic News Agency in Religious,

“Music can be sacred, but it can also be simply human - which is also sacred, just in a less explicit way with lyrics and themes,” Brother Timothy Danaher, one of the vocalists, told Catholic News Agency in an interview with four of the band members. “The New Evangelization needs all kinds of music, both the sacred and the human, to get the attention of people going about their daily lives.”

Pope Francis equates gossip in religious life to terrorism

Pope Francis equates gossip in religious life to terrorism

by: Joe Torres - UCAN in Religious,

Pope Francis has compared the mentality of religious men and women who engage in gossip to that of terrorists. He elaborated that such people are “enemies” of religion. The pope was speaking to men and women religious and seminarians in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, towards the end of a three-day visit to the populous Muslim-majority nation.

New Horizons in Consecrated Life

New Horizons in Consecrated Life

by: Fr. Angel Ochagavia, cmf in Religious,
With this anthology of texts the four Institutes of Consecrated Life run by the Claretian Missionaries want to offer to the English speaking public some of its practical theological reflections. There are nine articles, wirtten by eight different authors; 242 pages of solid and inspiring reflections. Price: £8. We hope that these reflections also serve as a stimulus to continue the task of “practical theology” of a consecrated life called to be innovative from its extraordinary tradition.
Murdered Clarist nun who worked for tribals beatified in India

Murdered Clarist nun who worked for tribals beatified in India

by: Saji Thomas - UCAN in Religious,

Blessed Rani Maria was stabbed to death Feb. 25, 1995 as she traveled from her mission area in Udainagar village to Indore town to board a train for her home state of Kerala in southern India. Her mission work was part of Indore Diocese.Powerful money lenders and landlords who opposed the nun's work among villagers to make hem financially self-sufficient hired Samandar Singh to assassinate her. 

Filipino nun brings hope to disaster-scarred communities

Filipino nun brings hope to disaster-scarred communities

by: Mark Saludes, Iligan City - UCAN in Religious,

For two months now, Sister Betsy Espana has brought food aid to displaced families, some of the almost 400,000 people affected by armed clashes between government troops and terrorist gunmen. The nun from Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross congregation said she wants to perform her mission "out of the spotlight," saying that she is there with the people "to serve them."