women religious

Catalyst for change in East St. Louis makes things happen

Sister Carol Lehmkuhl, OP has been a religious for 50 years and ministers in East St. Louis as director of the East Side Heart and Home Family Center. Sister Carol has worked the last decade with the poor, transforming a blighted neighborhood by slowly building new houses. Teaching skills of homeownership is an important element and a key to the sucess of the mission. She talked with a neighborhood helper, Sarah Hyde.

When Sparkill Dominican Sister Carol Lehmkuhl came to the East St. Louis, Ill., neighborhood, its most prominent feature was a big house with drug-dealing and prostitution. Dilapidated, abandoned homes dotted the landscape.

It wasn't a place where you'd want to be.

Now, the area outside what once was the rectory of the former St. Adalbert Parish is a neighborhood of new homes for low-income families. The streets are clean, and the drug-dealing and prostitution are for the most part gone.

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EDITORIAL | Women religious are vehicles of compassion for trafficking victims

As Catholics, we are called to seek out human injustices and restore dignity whenever possible. One area in need of attention is the issue of sex trafficking.

In the United States, sex trafficking generates an estimated $9.5 billion a year, according to the United Nations. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in this country. The average age of a child victim is 13 or 14 years old.

Students reveal positive impact of women religious through gifts of words and wisdom

Gabby Johnson, left, wrote an essay describing why she thinks that her teacher, Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, is the best teacher in the world. The two gatherd with other students and religious at the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse to honor the Incarnate Word Foundation essay contest winners who wrote about their favorite sister or religious order of women.

What do a community of nuns who spend their entire day in prayer, another who was active in the civil rights movement and yet another who is the beloved principal at a Catholic school have in common?

They were all honored for their contributions to the Church through an essay contest to highlight their historical significance and ongoing importance of women religious in the area.

Women religious uniting in nationwide effort to end human trafficking

U.S. women religious, such as Mercy Sister Anne Fleming shown leading a prayer for human trafficking victims in Detroit, are uniting to fight human trafficking.

WASHINGTON -- Human trafficking is so widespread that congregations of women religious are uniting in a nationwide effort to limit its reach.

The effort will focus on broader education about sex and labor trafficking, legislative advocacy for stricter laws and penalties for traffickers and wider support for victims through much-needed social services and employment.

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