News in Religious

Nun offers lifeline to refugees who fled Timor Leste

Nun offers lifeline to refugees who fled Timor Leste

by: Konradus Epa, Atambua - UCA News in Religious,
Former refugees of Timor Leste share in the life-giving love of Indonesian nun Nun offers lifeline to refugees who fled Timor Leste. Holy Spirit Sister Sisilia Ketut together with a group of women to whom she loaned money to start small businesses in Atambua, western Timor. Rostiana Bareto, 49, experienced tough living conditions as a refugee when she and her family settled in Atambua, western Timor, on the border with Indonesia.
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.
African nun shares 'goodness of life' with Filipino poor

African nun shares 'goodness of life' with Filipino poor

by: Mark Saludes - UCAN Manila in Religious,

Sister Isabel's experiences in Mozambique civil war inspire her to help Manila's needy African nun shares 'goodness of life' with Filipino poor. Born in 1969 to parents who lost three older children to sickness, Isabel views life as a gift. 

Precarious situation of the 800 monasteries in Spain

Precarious situation of the 800 monasteries in Spain

by: Vida Nueva in Religious,

 In Spain, a cloistered monastery is closed every month, mainly due to the advanced age of the nuns and economic difficulties. The lack of young vocations and the lack of income precipitate closures and force some communities to ask for help from food banks, according to a report prepared by Vida Nueva magazine. 

Pope Francis to those in Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation

Pope Francis to those in Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation

by: Editrice Vaticana in Religious,

Let us accompany Jesus as he goes forth to meet his people, to be in the midst of his people. Let us go forth, not with the complaining or anxiety of those who have forgotten how to prophesy because they failed to take up the dreams of their elders, but with serenity and songs of praise.

Spanish cloistered nuns see surge in vocations

Spanish cloistered nuns see surge in vocations

by: Catholic News Agency in Religious,

The Spanish daily El Pais, could not resist publishing an extensive report on Sr. Veronica.  According to the newspaper, she “has become the biggest phenomenon in the Church since Teresa of Calcutta,” as “she has made the old convent of Lerma into an attractive recruiting banner for female vocations, with 135 professional women with a median age of 35.

 Nun working in Aleppo says families all over city live in fear

Nun working in Aleppo says families all over city live in fear

by: Simon Caldwell - Catholic News Service in Religious,

A religious sister working with Christian families in Aleppo, Syria, has criticized Western media for their allegedly biased coverage of the six-year conflict. Sister Annie Demerjian, a member of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary, questioned why Western journalists focused on the plight of people in areas held by rebels and jihadis but seldom those in regions controlled by the government of Bashar Assad.

Mother Teresa: ‘An extraordinary witness to fidelity’

Mother Teresa: ‘An extraordinary witness to fidelity’

by: James Martin - The Tablet in Religious,

Much of her story is familiar. But there is one facet of her life, revealed only after her death, that astonished even those who knew her well. And it is this hidden aspect that makes her an even more compelling figure, a saint for our times. The great secret was that shortly after her momentous train ride to Darjeeling, after a time of feeling intensely close to God, Mother Teresa experienced a spiritual darkness for the rest of her life.

10 of Mother Teresa’s most inspirational quotes

10 of Mother Teresa’s most inspirational quotes

by: Megan Griffiths - Catholic Herald in Religious,
  1. “Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not yet come; we must live each day as if it were our last so that when God calls us we already, and prepared, to die with a clean heart.” – A Simple Path, 1995  “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Lessons learnt from Saint Theresa of Kolkata

Lessons learnt from Saint Theresa of Kolkata

by: Fr. Joseph Santiago CMF in Religious,

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, the future Mother Teresa, was born on 26 August 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, to Albanian heritage. Her father (Dranafile Bojaxhiu), a well-respected local businessman, died when she was eight years old, leaving her mother (Dranafile Bojaxhiu), a devoutly religious woman, to open an embroidery and cloth business to support the family.


US Parishes Support Elderly Religious With $30M

US Parishes Support Elderly Religious With $30M

by: Zenith Staff in Religious,

Fifteen dioceses and one archdiocese had record-high contributions in collection to offset rising health care costs. “Words cannot express our gratitude for the love, sacrifice and generosity these donations represent; the annual assistance the collection furnishes helps religious communities across the country provide for the ongoing needs of aging members.” said Sister Susan Schorsten

Nun killed in Ecuador eathquake

Nun killed in Ecuador eathquake

by: Reporters in Religious,

A young nun from Derry was among more than 400 people killed in an earthquake in Ecuador last Saturday. The bodies of 33-year-old Sr Clare Theresa Crockett and four other women were discovered among the rubble of a school in Playa Prieta.

Surviving Missionary of Charity tells the story of the ISIS killings

Surviving Missionary of Charity tells the story of the ISIS killings

by: Staff Reporter - Catholic Herald in Religious,

Two weeks ago, four Missionaries of Charity in Yemen were among the victims of a brutal terrorist attack on a care home where the nuns were working. One of the MCs, Sister Sally, survived, and gave an account of the events to another nun, Sister Rio. Her account was recorded by Sister Adriana, whose note is available here.

Does religious life have a future? Yes.

Does religious life have a future? Yes.

by: John Loughlin - Catholic Herald in Religious,

As the Church’s Year of Consecrated Life has just ended, it is worth reflecting on what has happened to religious life in general in Western countries over the past 50 years and whether it has a future. At first sight it is a rather grim picture. Many religious orders in the West are declining and ageing, but there’s actually plenty of good news as well. Those of us who entered religious life just after Vatican II will probably remember it in the words of Wordsworth after the French Revolution: “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive”.

The future of women in the Church

The future of women in the Church

by: Paul-André Durocher - L'Osservatore Romano in Religious,

I formulated three suggestions in this regard: to study the possibility of ordaining women to the permanent diaconate; to permit married couples to speak during homilies in Mass to bear witness to the connection between the proclaimed Word and their lives as spouses and parents; to recognize the equal ability of women to take on decision-making roles in the Church.

Religious and migrations: perspectives, response and challenges

Religious and migrations: perspectives, response and challenges

by: Vatican International News in Religious,

The international conference "The religious and migrations in the 21st century: perspectives, response and challenges", organised by the representation before the United Nations of the Passionists International, the Congregation of St. Joseph, Augustinians International and the Vincentians, yesterday concluded two days of intense work

Religious sisters & brothers have prophetic mission to wake up the world

Religious sisters & brothers have prophetic mission to wake up the world

by: reporters Godgossip in Religious,

Today is the end of the Year of Consecrated Life, but its life and mission is to go on and on. Those in Consecrated Life  are to be alive and lifegiving people. We have seen this morning many religious men and women gathered with their respective bishops in every cathedral in England. Their mission is to wake up the world providing our society with meaning of life, sense of destiny, sense of eternity, and making beautiful and attractive the Church of today.