Stories and Reflections

National Catholic Sisters Week 2017

National Catholic Sisters Week 2017

National Catholic Sisters Week is an annual celebration of the lives and work of religious women that takes place from March 8-14. CMN is grateful for all of the wonderful work these women do, and is honored to be a... MORE

Becoming All We Can Be

By Sharon Schmitz, RSM I was a Sister of Mercy, halfway through a sabbatical year when, in 1993, the phone rang. “Would you consider teaching the course, Breaking Barriers, to women in prison?” the caller, Sister Mary Jo Heman, OP... MORE

Grace and Justice on Death Row

Grace and Justice on Death Row

 Grace and Justice on Death Row follows the story of Alfred Dewayne Brown, an innocent man who spent twelve years on Death Row in Texas prisons. Told from the perspective of Brown’s lawyer, Brian W. Stolarz, the book exposes the intimate details of a... MORE

When We Visit Jesus in Prison

When We Visit Jesus in Prison

For twenty years, Brother Dale Recinella has served in prison ministry, giving up a legal career to pursue his spiritual calling. When We Visit Jesus in Prison is a comprehensive guide for Catholic prison ministry, combining Church teaching with sociological and psychological... MORE

The Death Penalty and the Throwaway Culture

By Jeff Caruso, Director of the Virginia Catholic Conference “Pope Francis is calling for a change in hearts, not a change in Church teaching. He’s urging us to embrace the hope that allows us to work toward ending executions, just... MORE

Celebrate LCWR Week

Celebrate LCWR Week

In honor of the 2015 LCWR Assembly, CMN is celebrating sisters who are following the call to end the death penalty and promote the dignity of prisoners and returning citizens. Please read and share these inspiring stories of sisters sharing the Gospel... MORE

Pioneers for Justice: Seven Sisters Whose Prison Ministry Inspires Us

Pioneers for Justice: Seven Sisters Whose Prison Ministry Inspires Us

During National Catholic Sisters’ Week 2015, March 8th -14th, Catholic Mobilizing Network will honor the work of seven women religious in prison ministry, restorative justice, and death penalty advocacy. Each day we will share via social media the story of a... MORE

Taking Action to Achieve Change: An Interview with Sr. Marion Defeis

Taking Action to Achieve Change: An Interview with Sr. Marion Defeis

Sister Marion Defeis served as a chaplain for 23 years at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York before retiring in 2007. In her interview with CMN, she reflects on her role in advocating the reform of the Rockefeller Drug... MORE

The Christmas Cards That Helped Save A Life

The Christmas Cards That Helped Save A Life

by Sister Camille D’arienzo, RSM Sister Camille D’arienzo is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy. She is the founder of Cherish Life Circle and is a prominent radio commentator. Sister Camille served as president of... MORE

Taking a Stand for All Life: A personal story by Sr. Kathy Cash

Taking a Stand for All Life: A personal story by Sr. Kathy Cash

by Sister Kathy Cash, OSB Sister Kathy Cash is a Ferdinand Benedictine and a motivated advocate for ending the use of the death penalty. She teaches math at Trinity High School in Louisville, KY. I thank my parents from teaching me at a very... MORE