Building a global sisterhood to advance human development.
Catholic sisters contribute to human development through their spiritual witness and service to those in need. More than 700,000 sisters around the world educate our children, care for the vulnerable, stand with the oppressed, promote peace, and advocate for justice. Like our founder, Conrad N. Hilton, we recognize sisters as resourceful, efficient, and powerful agents of social change.
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Partners joined the Catholic Sisters initiative team in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss Catholic Sisters’ role in sustainable development.
Catholic Church Extension Society
Catholic Extension supports and strengthens poor mission dioceses across the United States by strategically investing in people, infrastructure and ministries. The Foundation supports Catholic Extension’s U.S. – Latin America Sisters Exchange Program, which provides opportunities for Catholic sisters from Latin America to serve in dioceses in the United States with Hispanic populations.
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Global Sisters Report is an independent, non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. Our network of journalists report about their lives and works, and sisters write commentary from their perspective.
ASEC's mission is to facilitate educational opportunities for women religious in Africa which will enable them to enhance and expand access to educational, healthcare, social and spiritual services for the people they serve.
NCSW is an annual celebration that takes place from March 8–14. Created to honor women religious, it is a series of events that instruct, enlighten, and bring greater focus to the lives of these incredible women.
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The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Catholic Sisters Initiative launched a five-year strategy in February 2013 to enhance the vitality of Catholic sisters and their work to advance human development around the globe. It aims to support efforts to attract, form and retain members, develop their leadership skills and help them take advantage of the financial and social resources available to them.
This report details the research findings from a comprehensive study of perceptions towards Catholic sisters among adults in the United States.
As the Catholic Sisters Initiative’s Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) partner, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) seeks to answer the question, “Does the strategy effectively increase the vitality of women religious across the globe as they advance human development?”