Family becomes advocates for In His Hands after adoption experiences

Dave Smith held his adopted son in Vietnam.

Inspired by their adoption experiences, members of a Catholic family in the archdiocese are helping In His Hands Orphans Outreach expand services to vulnerable children.

A nonprofit, faith-based organization, In His Hands Orphans Outreach describes itself as "sharing the heart of Christ with the unloved, unwanted and forgotten."

Orphans no more: A reflection on the election of Jesuit superior general

Election day — finally! (No, not the U.S. elections, the Jesuit superior general.) The overcast weather in Rome didn't lessen our enthusiasm. Though Mass was scheduled for 7:30 a.m. — at the Church of the Holy Spirit, across the street from our Curia — many Jesuits already had taken their places by 7:10 a.m., quietly praying about the events ahead. No one took this lightly.

With faith and sustainable agriculture, nuns feed Salvadoran orphans

Sister Elsy Gaytan and Rafael Antonio Rivas, 15, above, shared a laugh as they worked in the fields at the Home of Divine Providence in Santa Tecla, El Salvador. Right, Victor Mendez Garcia, 13, helped harvest produce from the field.

SANTA TECLA, El Salvador -- Dressed in her brown habit, Sister Elsy Gaytan walks through a field among rows of cabbages, pointing to the crisp green crop sprouting from the earth.

"The motto of our institution is God will provide, and indeed He is providing," she said.

Sister Elsy is the coordinator of Home of Divine Providence, an orphanage that has started a sustainable agriculture project that will feed not only the 32 children who live there, but also allow the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese, who oversee the home, to reach local consumers with organic products.

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