Recently, GHR funded the creation of Voices of Courage—a first-of-its-kind collection of scholarly texts on the work of Catholic sisters in Africa. The volume, edited by Sr. Jane Wakahiu LSOSF, Peter Gichure and Ann Rita Njageh, includes case studies, research and scholarly reflection on the contributions of and challenges faced by women religious in East and Central Africa.
The book’s goals are to:
- Encourage congregations to track their own histories and key learnings in adapting to new challenges in a changing society
- Inspire deep conversations about issues that affect many African sisters, including the role of sisters in church and society, the importance of education and formation and cultural influences in religious life
Drawing on empirical studies, the book documents the commitment of sisters to the education, healthcare and spiritual enrichment of people, especially those struggling with poverty. The book also identifies challenges sisters face, making case-by-case recommendations for strengthening the ministry of sisters across the continent.
This publication is an important, constructive resource for those interested in the future of women’s religious life in Africa. To learn more about Catholic sisters in Africa, read an excerpt of one of the chapters of the book by Sr. Jane Wakahiu. To learn more about GHR’s Sister Support Initiative, contact us.