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War, Women and Girls: A Special Kind of Violence

By Sr. JoAnn Mark, ASC

A little more than a year ago, I moved from my university job at Newman University in Wichita, Kan., to run an NGO (non-governmental organization) in New York. In my work for Partnership for Global Justice, I frequently attend meetings at the United Nations.

You get numb to them after a while. But one particular meeting in March left me feeling overwhelmed. The topic was the inhumane treatment of women and girls, including rape and sexual violence in war.

I came to understand that sexual violence, unlike torture,

Pope Francis: Are You Listening? Women Can Give You an Earful

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

In October 1979, in another lifetime and two popes ago, Mercy Sister Theresa Kane publicly addressed Pope John Paul II at the National Shrine in Washington with these powerful and poignant words:

“I urge you to be mindful of the intense suffering and pain which is part of the life of many women in these United States. I call upon you to listen with compassion and to hear the call of women who comprise half of humankind.”

Pope Francis will visit the U.S. in September.

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Women Working Around Unfair Systems

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

At a recent neighborhood gathering, a young African-American research scientist who works for a pharmaceutical company spoke about needing to adapt a persona when she’s working with her white colleagues so that she can appear to be as good as they are. She can’t relax and be her true self. The other black women in the group spoke passionately about being told by their parents that they’d have to try harder, do more, and be more to make it in white society. We discussed how unfair this is and that white women also often feel we need to try harder to prove ourselves in male-dominated professions.

God’s Holy Women

By Sr. Raphael Ann Drone ASC

Recently, I led a group of women in marking the upcoming nuptials of a young woman who met her husband while both served as missionaries in Liberia. Our weekend together was a different take on the traditional bachelorette party; we didn’t roast and toast the bride-to-be with old girlfriend stories and bottles of wine, but looked at ourselves as “God’s Holy Women” within God’s Great Story of Salvation History.

Rachel, the bride-to-be; Jackie, one of the bridesmaids; and I had lived together in Liberia as lay missionaries with the Society of African Missions from 2010 to 2012. 

Joan Range Honored at St. Louis University

Range JSr. Joan Range, ASC, who died Thursday, May 7, 2015, is being honored Friday, May 8, for co-founding the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Saint Louis University.

Sr. Joan will receive the university’s annual Founders Award for 2015 along with Dr. Judith Gibbons, for their work in establishing the program. Women’s and Gender Studies became a department this year and in the Fall will launch a master’s degree program.

The two will be honored at a celebration of faculty and students.

Sr. Maria Hughes and Sr. Janet McCann will be present at the award celebration at Saint Louis University on May 8.

Adorers honored for commitment to social justice

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The Adorers of the Blood of Christ-U.S. Region are proud to be part of the success story of the Center for Women in Transition.

Tonight, we will be honored at the Beautiful Transformations Gala 2015 for our financial contribution to this St. Louis nonprofit that was founded nearly 20 years ago to help women in the criminal justice system make a successful transition to life outside of prison or jail.

The group, started by women, for women, provides tools, support and resources to help recently incarcerated women make good choices and achieve their goals.

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

The 2015 Women’s History Month Theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

So, we are invited to prayerfully remember the women who have helped ‘to weave’ the stories of our lives. Who are the women who have shaped, nurtured and challenged you into being the woman you are today? Remember them throughout this month.

And, even more importantly, remember women around the U.S., and around the world, who are struggling to maintain their dignity by fighting domestic abuse; women who live and work in unhealthy and unsafe conditions;