Building Rural Women’s Resilence

The women living in the slums in and around Timau, Kenya, face huge challenges of survival. Many are breadwinners as elderly and unwell grandmothers, raising their grandchildren, single women raising their children sometimes even carrying their babies to work, and young girls raising their own children or their younger siblings trying to get enough food [...]

Education has a new look during Covid19 for S. Rita Marie

After last semester’s online education program, students, teachers and staff of All Saints Catholic Academy in Bayonne, New Jersey are back in the classroom. Principal S. Rita Marie Fritzen says they started the school year with “most of the students back in school.” They are taking precautions, including temperature scanners at the entrance door, teachers [...]

Eternity’s Realtor

Franciscan Spirit - Summer 2020 Sister Alice Gilabert spends a lot of time thinking about where people will spend eternity. Sister ministers as the secretary for St. Aloysius parish cemetery in western New York. There she is responsible for everything related to burial, from working with funeral homes to arranging for the grave to be [...]

Helping Adults Become CATHOLIC

Franciscan Spirit Summer 2020 Sister Barbara Ann Bogden says candidates should not become Catholic just because a spouse or fiancé is, but because the individual wants to do for himself. In the 20 years she has been directing RCIA for two parishes in western New York, she finds people’s reasons for becoming Catholic vary by [...]

A Positive Approach in a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic. Unemployment at Depression era levels. Civil rights protests that rival those of the 1960s. What the world needs now is prayer — and some spiritual guidance. Sister Kathleen Murphy is a certified spiritual director, someone who companions people as they develop deeper relationships with God. She’s not a therapist, though she does [...]

Speaking of Bee-ing Creative

Jeanne Karp is a home infusion nurse who provides medicines and fluids to people through IVs in their homes. She continues to work during the pandemic and needed to be especially careful about contaminating her high-risk patients. With personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves in short supply at the pandemic’s outset, S. Jeanne [...]