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) and a contributing author to the book Pope Francis Lexicon (Liturgical Press, 2018).

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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...

Moyo: Connecting Being and Doing

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...

Young Adult Catholics

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...

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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...

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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...

Thewitnessonline

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...

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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...

Catholicwomenpreach

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

Young Adult Catholics

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...

Global Sisters Report

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...

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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...

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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...

Global Sisters Report

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...

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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...

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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...

Thewitnessonline

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...

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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...

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'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...