For seven years, Sister Anita has worked with the indigenous peoples of the Philippines, in the Diocese of San Jose. She offers them counsel, ministers to their most urgent needs, and supervises children in the primary school. She helps local women and organizes youth events and activities. "It is a joy and a blessing," Sister Anita says of her work.
With an area of more than 225,000 square miles, the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy, based in the Kazakhstan capital of Nursultan, is larger than all of Spain. But Catholics are only a small minority in Kazakhstan, and given the country's size, pastoral care and outreach are difficult. Forty priests serve the diocese, assisted by about 70 religious sisters of various congregations. The sisters offer religious instruction, care for those in need, and organize parish events, like retreat days, holiday camps, and youth meetings.
The Solomon Islands are located in the South Pacific, about 450 miles east of New Guinea and 1,600 miles northeast of Australia. The islands are predominantly Christian, though most residents identify as Protestant, with Catholics making up only 13 percent of the population.
Though seemingly unremarkable, the village of Khushpur is sometimes described as Pakistan's Vatican. It is the heart of the Catholic Church in Pakistan: this one parish has produced two bishops, over 35 priests, and hundreds of brothers and sisters. The National Formation Center for Catechists is also in Khushpur; catechists from all over the country are trained there.