CHMs advocate for refugees, immigrants

October 12, 2017   |   CHM Sisters

The Congregation of the Humility of Mary, based in Davenport, is calling upon concerned citizens to advocate for immigration policies that continue to promote the United States as a beacon of hope for our diverse, global community

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Faith through the Flames

October 4, 2017   |   Matt Milner

The weight of the organ crashing through the burning floor. Pages were torn from books by the fire. The heat and updraft sent the pages flying upward until they were scattered by cooler breezes. “Throughout the afternoon we watched as one floor after another succumbed to the flames. You could tell whose room was burning as that person began crying, knowing that all their possessions were gone,” she wrote. It’s not just memories of the fire that allow people to envision the scene. The Congregation for the Humility of Mary has film. The video, which is available on YouTube through the community’s channel, opens with a shot of a building engulfed in flames. It moves briefly to a firefighter spraying a solitary hose on the building, then leaps back to the flames. It’s clear who will win.

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VANG - a play that tells stories of immigrant farmers in Iowa

September 21, 2017   |   Barb Arland-Fye

Photographs of recent immigrant farmers flashed on the wall behind an actor and actress portraying real-life immigrants who found refuge and a good life in Iowa. The play “Vang,” which means garden or farm in Hmong, riveted the attention of audiences in DeWitt and Davenport because the storytelling evoked the pain, loss and perseverance of ordinary people.

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No Hate Rally inspires Kindness

August 28, 2017   |   Barb Arland-Fye

Sister Lynn Mousel, CHM, walked to the rally with several other members of her religious community, the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in Davenport. They carried signs from a Kindness campaign of the Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. “I felt like it was important to be able to do some kind of action, to stand up against this climate of divisiveness and violence,” Sr. Mousel said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of a group that can stand up together and share the same message.”

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Humility Sisters Celebrate Jubilees

July 7, 2017   |   Lisa Martin

Latest edition of CHM Spirit complete with all upcoming events and retreats including VANG! a play you shouldn't miss, Spirit of the Prairie, a party you shouldn't miss and a link to a beautiful video about Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat!

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Catholic Leaders Remain Committed to Paris Agreement

June 8, 2017   |   Barb Arland-Fye

People of faith in the Diocese of Davenport and around the United States are reinforcing efforts to address climate change in response to the U.S. government’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

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The Des Moines Diocesan Schools Office will be renamed in honor of Humility Sister Jude Fitzpatrick

May 31, 2017   |   Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard pates announced the Catholic Schools Suite in the Catholic Pastoral Center will be named the "Sister Jude Fitzpatrick, CHM, Catholic Schools Suite" in grateful recognition of her extensive years of leadership and commitment to Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Des Moines.

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Humility Sisters Elect New Leaders

May 4, 2017   |   Lisa Martin

The plan will allow us to focus on the CHM mission and the pastoral aspects of leadership responsibilities. As we move forward into the mystery of the future, we call to mind these words of Isaiah 43:19: ‘Behold, I am doing something new! Do you not perceive it?’ These certainly are interesting times with interesting challenges.”

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Science and faith a natural fit for climate change marchers

April 27, 2017   |   Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans

When you think about women religious, the word "science" may not be the first to spring to mind. After all, faith and science are often portrayed as opposites, allegiance to one suggesting a betrayal of the other ... Sr. Kathleen Storm's, director of Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat said, "Much of our water is polluted by runoff from the fields, and the rivers end up in the Mississippi, so water has ended up being one of our main issues." . Both the Congregation of the Humility of Mary and her own congregation are passionate about climate care, she says.

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Kindness. Get in the Habit

March 3, 2017   |   #CatholicSisters

“Kindness: Get in the Habit” — was created to counter the continued divisiveness seen throughout the country. It will be shared on billboards, in movie theater ads, through social media posts and in Catholic school classrooms. Sister Johanna Rickl, president of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in Davenport, adds, “In a world where exclusion and violence increase, it is essential that hospitality, compassion and kindness be nurtured with ever greater commitment.”

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February CHM Spirt - Events, Retreats and Sisters Stories...

February 16, 2017   |   Lisa Martin

Sr. Bea Snyder and Sr. Joann Kuebrich share stories about helping the community. Two wonderful events and many new retreats. Check it out!

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Trump has inspired growing oposition

February 3, 2017   |   NCR Editorial Staff

If there is a silver lining in any of the frenetic activity of Trump's first days as president, it is that he has inspired, as he never intended nor probably foresaw, a coalescing of opposition activism missing from Hillary Clinton's failed campaign.

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Women Religious Express Deep Concern about Executive Orders

January 31, 2017   |   LCWR

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply disturbed by many of President Trump’s recent executive orders. His misplaced priorities and denigration of the values that form the bedrock of this nation, threaten us all.

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100 days of prayer

January 23, 2017   |   Sisters of St. Joseph

Together with Sisters of St. Joseph all over the country, we offer you the calendar called "100 Days of Prayer.” The idea is to say and reflect on a daily prayer during the new presidential administration’s first 100 days in office. The content encourages unity and reconciliation and offers support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. The prayers are short - only about 12 words long - so that they easily fit into a square on a calendar and your daily prayers.

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Attacking Trafficking

January 12, 2017   |   Sr. Mary Ann Vogel, CHM

Attacking Trafficking, a faith based group in Davenport, Iowa, is having a prayer service Sunday, February 5, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, starting at 2 p.m. Kelley Markey from Dorothy's House in Des Moines will be the featured speaker for this event. National Human Trafficking Day was January 11 and the feast day of ​St. Josephine Bakhita​ is February 8. Read more to find a calendar that has daily prayers through February 8.

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