Sister Rhonda Miska

Religion and Spirituality Writer

Sister Rhonda Miska is originally from Middleton, Wisconsin and is currently based in St Louis, MO at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate. She holds a MA in Pastoral Ministry from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (2011) and an undergraduate degree in International Studies and French from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (2002). She served as a Jesuit Volunteer in rural Nicaragua from 2002-2004, as the Social Justice Minister/Hispanic Minister at a Catholic parish from 2004-2008, and as the Community Coordinator of Innisfree Village (a community with adults with intellectual disabilities) from 2008-2014. Her ministry experiences include facilitating Muslim-Christian dialogue, coordinating a homeless shelter, leading re-entry retreats for returned missioners, accompanying migrant children in federal immigration court, teaching workshops on writing as spiritual practice, serving in leadership for a congregation-based community organization, and teaching Religious Studies at Clarke University. Rhonda is a contributor (as author and translator) to the book Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table (Paulist Press, 2015). She is currently co-authoring a book on holy women from the eight-hundred year history of the Order of Preachers.

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Porters, Posadas and our Advent invitation
"Welcome!" My Capuchin Franciscan postulant friend greeted me as he opened the large wooden door, inviting me inside from the Midwestern early-winter chill. There was a handsome...
Q & A with Sr. Eileen McKenzie, providing holistic health care the Franciscan way
Sr. Eileen McKenzie, right, offers acupuncture to a client at Integrative Therapies in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. (Nancy Chapman) Sr. Eileen McKenzie first found herself drawn to...
Q & A with Sr. Kate Kuenstler, advising the laity when their parishes face closure
Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ Sr. Kate Kuenstler, independent canon lawyer. (Provided photo) Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ Sr. Kate Kuenstler serves as an independent canon...
Unexpected women
Women make up half the church. They are religious education teachers and altar servers, music directors and business administrators, vowed religious and mothers and wives. Women...
"You are anointed for mercy..."
The following is an adaptation of a sermon preached on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the FutureChurch liturgy "Celebrating Women Witnesses of Mercy" in Milwaukee, WI. The...
'Catholic Women Speak' at Rome event
By Rhonda Miska Special to The Witness ROME - October 1, the Feast of St. Thérse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church, a fitting day for the Catholic Women Speak Network gathering...
Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times
In April 2012 I attended Celebration Publications' Eucharist Without Borders immigration conference in Tucson, Arizona. There I met sisters who worked as midwives and health...
Local Sisters are steeped in solidarity
The churchwomen were part of the Cleveland Mission Team, and their ministries included training catechists, overseeing distribution of aid and assisting refugees in attaining...
"The final word is love."
The following is an adaptation of a sermon preached Saturday, January 30, 2016 at a gathering of Catholic Church workers. The readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time...
Q & A with Sr. Dianna Ortiz, advocate for victims of human trafficking
Ursuline Sr. Dianna Ortiz (Johnny Zokovitch) In 1989, while serving in Guatemala as a missionary in a Mayan community, Ursuline Sr. Dianna Ortiz was abducted and tortured by...
BVM sisters appear on 'A Nun's Life' ministry podcast
By Rhonda Miska Witness Correspondent DUBUQUE - "I don't know how you prepare yourself for the support. (I think of) the countless times I have asked for prayer. The sisterhood...
Sisters take to the airwaves
"Welcome to A Nun's Life Ministry ... we're in the cloud, but totally down to earth," they quip on their homepage, www.anunslife.org, which includes resources related to...
Bring a poem on your spiritual journey
"A poem in the pocket means we will be accompanied wherever we go," writes Bishop Robert Morneau. Morneau's words ring true to me. Poems have been sturdy companions on my...
Six local sisters honor legacy of martyred churchwomen
Visit El Salvador with delegation 35 years after murders By Rhonda Miska Special to The Witness DUBUQUE - "It's like those four women just died last week. Their memory is so...
The Good Friday procession of a pilgrim church
It's Good Friday- viernes santo-and we are walking. The liturgy moves from the parish church, with its adobe walls, concrete floor, and corrugated zinc roof, out into the rocky,...
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The Road to Christ
James Joyce famously wrote in Finnegan's Wake that "Catholic means 'here comes everybody.'" Catholics have repeatedly created new forms of community to respond to the signs of...
Sisters launch multi-state billboard campaign for refugees
By Rhonda Miska Witness Correspondent DUBUQUE - "I was a stranger refugee and you welcomed me." This statement, drawn from Jesus' words in Matthew 25:35, is featured on...
Community: Perspective Matters
Rhonda Miska holds a master's degree from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She is a contributor to the book Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the...
Q & A with Sr. Corine Murray, providing hospitality and education to immigrants
Sr. Corine Murray, right, with Workensh, a young woman from Ethiopia, whom Murray has helped study English and adapt to life in Dubuque, Iowa (Courtesy of Presentation Lantern...
Of mercy, margins, and minorities
In the midst of conversations on inclusion during the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome, New York Archbishop Cardinal Dolan spoke of a "new minority" in the...
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Feb 26, 2017
Rhonda Miska reflects on the readings for Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Is 49:14-15; 1 Cor 4:1-5; Mt 6:24-34
Helping Each Other Walk in the Dark
There were heartbreaking stories of the end of innocence, and the harrowing lives of the poor around the world. There were funny tales about convent pranks. And there was sweet...
Sisters at forefront of ministry to immigrants
By Rhonda Miska Witness Correspondent HAMPTON - "The Church is mother, and her motherly attention is expressed with special tenderness and closeness to those who are obliged to...
Sisters at forefront of ministry to immigrants
By Rhonda Miska Witness Correspondent HAMPTON - "The Church is mother, and her motherly attention is expressed with special tenderness and closeness to those who are obliged to...
My journey with Islam as a Catholic woman
It's not every day that you hear a proclamation of a "theological state of emergency." Yet that is precisely the term employed by theologian Mary Hunt in her December 14...
Spirited Conversations Interview: "Listen Up, Pope Francis: Catholic Women Speak"
Listen up, Pope Francis: Catholic Women Speak What could be a watershed event in the Catholic church is happening in October. Just after Pope Francis leaves the U.S., where...
LCWR interviews discuss transformational leadership in challenging times
Cover art for "Transformational Leadership," 2015 Orbis books. Women religious in the United States were catapulted into the spotlight through the Vatican's apostolic visitation...
Tune into silence
According to Trappist Father Thomas Keating, a decades-long practitioner and teacher of centering prayer, contemplative prayer is about relationship, not method. It's your...
Q & A with Kimberly Ritter, fighting human trafficking with a smartphone app
The TraffickCam app converts room photos uploaded by hotel guests into a series of data points that law enforcement can use to match to data points in photos of sex-trafficking...

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