Supporting Catholic sisters to be recognized as global leaders in sustainable human development.
Catholic sisters are selfless leaders serving individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage in some of the most challenging contexts in the world. Sisters are trusted community-based leaders who solve complex social problems. More than 700,000 sisters around the world educate our children, care for individuals living in poverty, stand with individuals experiencing oppression, promote peace and advocate for justice. With ministries at the heart of human development efforts and with a commitment to serve people from all walks and life and religious beliefs, Catholic sisters are uniquely positioned to be recognized as among the most trusted and effective leaders in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. By 2030, the Catholic Sisters Initiative aims to increase the capacity of sisters to meaningfully address poverty, and elevate their voice and influence as moral leaders of change in the global effort to relieve human suffering and restore human dignity.Read more about our approach
News from the Field
Witness & Grace: Sr. Nancy Sylvester demonstrates contemplation’s value amid pandemic
Global Sisters Report
Why LA families are sticking with Catholic education in a pandemic
Op-Ed: My parents were essential workers — and they were treated like it
Los Angeles Times
Project Global Sisters Report
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.
Partner African Sisters Education Collaborative
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.
Campaign National Catholic Sisters Week
NCSW is an annual celebration 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.
Partner Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters
The Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, established in 1986, supports the ministries of Sisters worldwide in the areas of education, the environment, health care, and social services with grants averaging $10,000. It is an independent organization from the Hilton Foundation.
Meet the Catholic Sisters Team
Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D. Associate Vice President of Program Operations and Head of Catholic Sisters Initiative
Angelique “Cindy” Mutombo Senior Program Officer, Catholic Sisters Initiative (Africa)
JC Walsh Senior Program Officer, Catholic Sisters Initiative (U.S. & Latin America)
Sonja Uwimana Program Officer, Catholic Sisters Initiative
Sabrina Wong Program Officer, Catholic Sisters Initiative
Jodie Hanson-Nortey Program Associate, Catholic Sisters
Krista Acosta-Edzie Program Associate, Catholic Sisters (US & Latin America)
Katherine Cabrel Administrative Assistant, Catholic Sisters Programs