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Sister Barbara Ann Zeller: modern-day foundress

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 6:00 am by

“Here, it is always like a rolling horizon. Sister Barbara has a way of gathering people and empowering them to fly,” says Cindy Richards, chief operating officer and property manager for the residences for Providence Self-Sufficiency Ministries.. Continue reading

God’s garden

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

“I have never worked with gardeners before,” Sister Mary Ann said. “But they were all patient with me. It is so much fun to be around these gardeners. I have learned so much!” Continue reading

Walking with the people from a position of influence: Sister Therese Guerin Sullivan

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

Statistics from the National Association of Church Personnel (posted at www.usccb.org in 2013) reported that: “About one-quarter of all diocesan chancellors are women. . . a position of considerable influence in many dioceses.” Continue reading

Cleveland bishop: value in women’s leadership

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

“I value women in leadership roles because they share a desire to serve God and God’s people, and they bring different perspectives and aspects of human relationships to conversations and decision-making that enrich the whole process,” Bishop Lennon stated. Continue reading

Ministry in the marriage tribunal

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

As the only woman reviewing cases in our tribunal, I feel I balance the male perspective. I am a good listener and feel that I relate to people with empathy. If a case is particularly difficult, I will put it aside for a while and reread it later. Often I have new insights in doing so that strengthen the case. Continue reading

Voices to prevent abuse: Sisters Cathy White and Cathy Campbell

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

“That child has no voice, and I have a pretty big one,” Sister Cathy White said. “I continue in this ministry because I feel I can have a voice for the voiceless.” Continue reading

Outreach through liturgy: Sister Jeremy Gallet

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

From a very musical family, Sister Jeremy has always been involved with music. She started as a music teacher and eventually moved on to serve as a music minister at several parishes. She plays piano, guitar and has sung in choirs since age 8. Continue reading

Steadfast in her calling: Sister Mary Ann DeFazio

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

“Where else is church? This is where the church is,” she said. Living and building a community with the people,” she said, is “like we are figuring out where we are as God’s people. … We learn faith by living it as much as possible.” Continue reading

Question and answer with Sister Jane Iannaccone

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

I stay in this ministry because of love. Love for all the people of God. Jesus’ commandment is to love everyone, not just the members of the church I like. Continue reading

A companion in the dying and rising of daily life: Sister Jane Iannaccone

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 4:00 am by

Often in my daily encounters, people are experiencing great sorrow and pain. I cannot take their pain away. However, I can be a supportive caring presence. I am willing to stay with them in their pain. I hope that through me they will experience the face of God and this will enable them to put their trust in a loving merciful God. I am mirroring for them and they to me, a God who journeys with us through our pain and suffering. Continue reading

Joyful collaboration in a prophetic mission

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 2:00 am by

Sister Kathleen Bernadette Smith has ministered almost 20 years as a pastoral associate at St. Felicitas Parish in Chicago. She collaborates with parish staff, parishioners, local community leaders, archdiocesan and SP-led teams and committees to proclaim the Gospel in a joyful, prophetic way richly textured by her African-American spirituality. Continue reading

Collaborating for justice

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 2:00 am by

For nearly three decades, Sister Kathleen Desautels (formerly Sister Mary Colleen) has been at the forefront of justice.

The rape and murder of four church women in El Salvador in 1980 was also part of her transformation. She spent time in Bolivia and in Nicaragua – witnessing social injustices – before finding her way to 8th Day Center for Justice in Chicago. Continue reading

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