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Sisters and Sustainability


New Grant!

The Loyola Institute for Ministry has received its third grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation entitled "Living Charisms for Sustainable Human Development." Our first project was called Communicating Charism.


Stream "As I Have Done" 

Produced in collaboration with Salt+Light TV, LIM presents "As I Have Done," a 90-minute documentary series featuring East African sisters' contributions to sustainable development. Watch the three episodes now.

LIM has created a resource for Catholic high school teachers related to "As I Have Done," available for free here. See also five short videos about East African congregations.



Catholic Sisters in Partnership for Sustainability

Implicit at every level of Catholicism is the theme of partnership, both divine-human partnership and the partnerships that Catholicism’s communal commitments imply. Fundamental to Catholic social teaching (CST) is emphasis on human dignity, the common good, and sustainability, all themes that find resonance in African traditions, including, for example, in the tradition of “abundant life."

This project prepares communities of Catholic sisters to frame their own work in terms of partnership. It allows them to connect the secular language of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to CST and to their own culturally specific identities and charisms, and it equips them with practical skills in partnership, resource development, and communication on behalf of their work for sustainability. As a result, this project enables Catholic sisters to be intentional about pursuing partnerships for sustainable development and so to live out their charisms more effectively.

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

Project Objectives

This project is educational; it enhances the ability of congregations of Catholic sisters to:

  • Increase the leadership skills of East African sisters, especially with respect to their ability to communicate and partner with other organizations addressing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Leverage the partnerships that already exist in sisters’ ministries in the service of sustainable development.
  • Publicize to the wider public the work of participating congregations on behalf of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as understood in terms of Catholic Social Teaching and their charisms.

Resources

Media & Films:

Presentations:

Publications:

  • Article in development by Project Evaluator Steven Mumford, Project Manager Sarah DeMarais, and Project Director Thomas Ryan using assessment data to document the project, results, and lessons learned as they relate to distance service learning. The manuscript, tentatively titled "Connecting Faith and Society Through Distance Service Learning" to be completed this winter will be submitted to the peer-reviewed International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.
  • Article by Project Manager Sarah DeMarais published in the Clarion Herald (official newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans): "Women religious live out Catholic Social Teaching."
  • Student-authored articles about their sustainable development projects for the Global Sisters Report:

Participating Congregations

For more information, contact Project Manager, Sarah DeMarais at 504-865-3571 or scdemara@loyno.edu

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