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Nov 5, 2021

Sister Irene talks about Sisters Rising Worldwide, an innovative program that connects Catholic sisters serving in vulnerable communities around the globe, with resources and funding to address issues such as  poverty, homelessness, and hunger. Sister Irene, founder and president, describes the origins of Sisters Rising and shares examples of the life-changing differences the ministry is helping to make around the world.

(2:00)  Innovation and helping others: early influences in Sister Irene’s life.

(4:00) Vocation journey to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul, Minn.

(5:00) Dramatic nun encounter at the University of Minnesota—a turning point for Sister Irene.

(8:46) Attracted by the mission and spirit of the CSJ Sisters.    

(9:40) Learning about learning: education ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

(12:00) Creating a model for fundraising to support ministries in the St. Paul area.

(16:16) An unexpected offer to help sisters effect change globally.

(19:00) The creation of Sisters Rising Worldwide.

(24:15) A website where sisters globally share ideas and solutions to pressing problems in local communities, and where people can donate to help make a difference.

(29:41)  Vertical gardens in Nigeria.

(33:17) Working with the Alight NGO at the U.S. – Mexico border: breaking bread and sharing community.

(36:00) Providing education and safety for young women in India.

(42:48) Does the vow of poverty as a Catholic sister bring a unique perspective to philanthropic ministry?

(46:00) Important info to know about Catholic sisters.

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