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Charism and CST

Living Charisms for Sustainable Human Development

Catholic sisters in Africa act powerfully and broadly in support of sustainable human development through their care for the poor and marginalized and their actions promoting peace and sustainability. Sisters’ ministries build more just and resilient communities, in alignment with the vision of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, relatively few people beyond the immediate Catholic community see sisters’ work as contributing to the SDGs. Sisters themselves have reported that their ministries are simply “what sisters do.” 

When sisters connect their ministries to action for sustainable development via the Church’s teaching on social issues (CST), they understand the transformative character of congregational charisms more deeply and are inspired to lead and to partner with others in the wider human development sector.

In this project, sisters from Eastern Africa (South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi) will pursue Loyola Institute for Ministry certificates and, through them, work to weave CST’s commitment to human development throughout congregational life and build congregational capacity for work with and for vulnerable youth. 

This project is funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Learn more about the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Catholic Sisters Initiative.

For more information, contact Project Manager Sarah DeMarais at and see the press release. 


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Related Media 

To learn more about how Catholic sisters contribute to sustainable development in East Africa, watch As I Have Done. The 90-minute documentary series was produced by Salt + Light Media in collaboration with LIM. It is available to stream for free