News in Religious

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."

Mother Teresa's birth anniversary celebrated

Mother Teresa's birth anniversary celebrated

by: Anne Nigli, Kolkata - UCA News in Religious,

The Missionaries of Charity congregation that St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta founded continues to grow even in difficult areas, says its present superior as they celebrated the 107th birth anniversary of the saint, the first such celebration after her canonization.

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.
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.