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Flourishing Sisterhood

Flourishing Sisterhood: Nourishing Communities in the Gulf South

With the support of a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Loyola Institute for Ministry is working on a project entitled "Flourishing Sisterhood: Nourishing Communities in the Gulf South." 

This project:

  • supports the well-being of 60 sisters with opportunities to study in learning communities and earn Loyola's Certificate in Spirituality, with a focus on spirituality and aging

  • strengthens sisterhood in the Archdiocese of New Orleans through collaboration with the Vicar for Religious 

  • amplifies sisters' voices, including through an upcoming podcast highlighting sisters' leadership and contributions to social justice


Our first learning groups are starting! Follow us on social media for more details. 

For more information, contact Project Manager Claire Gallagher at


How to Participate (for Catholic Sisters in the Gulf South)

The Loyola Institute for Ministry invites Catholic sisters in the Gulf South to join communities for learning and spiritual formation that will explore practical theology, aging, and well-being. For more information, including how to express interest in participating, see this flyer.



Webinar Recording: Ministry through Trauma: Wisdom for & from Catholic Sisters

On December 13, 2022, we hosted a webinar offering hope and practical wisdom for trauma-informed ministry.

Panelists: Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, PhD; Professor & Director, Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit, Xavier University of Louisiana

Sr. Miriam MacLean, RSM, PhD, LCSW; Director of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana

Sr. Maria Luisa (Mary Lou) Aldape, STJ, MEd, EdS; Sacred Heart Catholic School, Uvalde, TX

Related Media

Loyola's press release 

Global Sisters Report article 

Clarion Herald article

Wake Up! on Catholic Community Radio interview with former Project Manager Sarah DeMarais (segment begins at 36:05)

Wake Up! on Catholic Community Radio interview with Project Manager Claire Gallagher on September 14, 2023 (segment begins at 14:41)


Related Loyola Institute for Ministry Projects with Catholic Sisters

Living Charisms for Sustainable Human Development (2020-2022)

Catholic Sisters in Partnership for Sustainability (2017-2020)

Communicating Charism: Educating for Leadership and Social Media Capacity in Communities of Women Religious (2014-2017)