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Peggy McDonnell, RSCJ: Ends of the Earth

By Holly Marihugh

Sister Peggy McDonnell would go to the ends of the earth for a sick person. And she’s spent decades at the bedside, patiently waiting for a person’s life to unfold. “I have a deep respect for sick people,” the Catholic nun says. “I’m almost in awe of the beauty of the human person. I’ve gotten up at night and during the weekend to be with someone who is dying.”

Sister Maria Cimperman appointed first director of Center for the Study of Consecrated Life

The Reverend Mark R. Francis, CSV, president of Catholic Theological Union (CTU), Chicago, announced that Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, has been appointed the first director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life. The center will launch in February 2015 in celebration of “The Year of Consecrated Life” designated by Pope Francis to begin on November 30, 2014.

Preaching Love and Forgiveness Where There Is No Love

By Rosemary Dowd, RSCJ

Rosemary Dowd, RSCJ, has served the spiritual needs of prisoners for four decades. She was led to this ministry by her reflection on a quotation from St. John of the Cross, “Where there is no love, put love – and you will find love.” Where else, she asked, is love lacking so much as in a prison? “God seemed to be saying to me, ‘This is where I want you,’” Sister Dowd recalled. “I told the provincial, ‘I will do whatever you want me to do, but God is asking me to go to jail.’” The following is a reflection on her ministry.