Catholic Extension, a grant-giving nonprofit that finances impoverished parishes, announced it has endowed 30 full scholarships for students wounded in the Robb Elementary School mass shooting. The announcement comes as the school year begins for Sacred Heart Catholic School and three months after the shooting at Robb Elementary on May 24 killed 19 children and two adults.
Uvalde, a town of approximately 15,000, is in the Texas Hill Country about 50 miles east of the border separating Mexico and the United States. The town, which is 78% Hispanic, has a close-knit Catholic community, according to Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, whose San Antonio Diocese includes Uvalde.
"I know that this financial commitment will help provide a top-notch education, along with accompanying these children and their families pastorally as we move forward in hope," García-Siller said. "We are offering our students love and hope for the future."
Earlier this summer, Catholic Extension sponsored a healing camp for third, fourth and fifth graders in Uvalde after the devastation of the mass shooting.
Sr. Samira Gill, a Presentation Sister from Pakistan, dedicated her life to serving the poor. But that left no time to understand her own spiritual needs. Then she joined the one-year Religious Formation Ministry Program at Loreto House in Blackrock, County Dublin, in Ireland.
"I was ignoring myself," said Gill, 38. "This course has helped me understand the need for balance."
More than 1,000 religious men and women have participated in the program since it was established in 1982, half of them women religious from Ireland, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and South America. It operates under the auspices of the Association of Leaders of Missionaries & Religious of Ireland but is funded by participants' tuition fees and is therefore self-financing. The program came into being in response to the need to prepare religious women and men for ministry in the formation of new members and for leadership roles in their congregations or dioceses.
There are signs the Democrats might not get shellacked in this autumn's midterm elections, but NCR political columnist Michael Sean Winters warns against overinterpreting them.
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ICYMI: Nicaraguan police raided the Matagalpa diocesan headquarters in the predawn hours of Aug. 19 and took Bishop Rolando Álvarez, according to a social media statement from the Diocese of Matagalpa.