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The Adventures of Sister Sue and Buddy the Therapy Dog

By Sister Sue Andrew, ASC

For the last 14 years, I’ve worked at Visitation Catholic School in Kansas City, Missouri, as a licensed clinical social worker and child, family and school psychotherapist.

I’m also certified as a play therapist and head the crisis intervention team for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

It’s fascinating and fulfilling work, and puts me in the privileged position of helping kids deal with a variety of issues. Last year, Philip, a third-grader, came to me crying over his mother’s struggle with terminal cancer.

Laundry Love and Dignity

Sister Regina helps mend clothing

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

While most of us take for granted the convenience of a washer and dryer, it’s actually a luxury inaccessible to many of our brothers and sisters.

A dozen years ago, a movement called Laundry Love started when a homeless man in Ventura, Calif., said having clean clothes would help people see him as a human being.

Since then, communities, schools, churches and other groups have been lifting people’s dignity by helping them get their clothes cleaned at partner laundromats.

What I miss most about Korea

By Sister Bernadine Wessel, ASC 

The people. The relationships formed by living, working, struggling, crying, laughing and praying together… that’s what I miss most about Korea.

I spent time with so many different kinds of people during my 36 years ministering in Korea, and they each taught me lessons that broadened my worldview and formed me into the person I am today.

I spent the longest period of time in Korea ministering at Blessed Mother daycare/kindergarten.   My years of teaching previously in the States had been mostly in the middle grades. In Korea,

Lenten Journeys: Saying ‘Yes’ to New Adventures

joAnnMarkBy Sister JoAnn Mark, ASC

Over my life as a Catholic sister, I’ve said “yes” to new opportunities and places to serve God with a fair amount of regularity. These decisions come slowly, though, after I’ve asked God, “What is it that you want me to do?”

That question has led me to say “yes” to teaching English to members of religious communities in Bucharest, Romania and to our sisters and candidates in Dodoma, Tanzania; and to refugees in Benito, Texas. It led me to say “yes” to a request to establish and staff the Office of Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of Omaha,

Setting Sail for Change

(We publish this blog with permission from Precious Blood priest Dave Kelly, who heads the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago, which works with young people making the transition from incarceration. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ are part of the Precious Blood family of religious priests, brothers and sisters.)

By Dave Kelly, CPPS

Nigel Lee, 16, has never been outside his neighborhood in south Chicago, let alone, seen the world. So, we were thrilled a few months ago with the opportunity for him to train with other young men for an ocean voyage of self-discovery,