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Affiliates Andrea Koverman and Tracy Kemme at Nuns on the BusSpirtuality of the Meyers Briggs Weekend at Casa Caridad in Feb

Vocation/Formation News

March 14, 2019

After more than five years in Cincinnati since I moved there for Novitiate, I discerned a call for a change in ministry and a change in location. Before entering the Community, all of my work in education was direct service, even as a curriculum coach and administrator. My ministry in Cincinnati at the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center was almost exclusively indirect service doing community organizing, educating and advocating for systemic change. Though I believe in the importance of all of those things and loved the work, I found that I was really missing being in direct contact and service to people who are marginalized and experiencing poverty and trauma. My decision to return to the border to explore opportunities to do both direct and indirect ministry has more to do with what it does for me than what I can do for those that I serve. It grounds me by making me confront not only the policies and systems of injustice, but the very personal effects they have on our sisters and brothers. I am reminded of who I am and what I am to be about: bringing the Good News where it is desperately needed.

So, what am I doing during this transitional time? I help provide Casa de Caridad hospitality to all the Sisters from our Community (it’s been wonderful!) and beyond who have been coming to volunteer in the refugee centers in the El Paso Diocese and accompany them to minister there as well. We make airport and bus runs, do the laundry, prepare and serve meals, pass out over-the-counter remedies for minor health issues, take people to the hospital if necessary, clean the bathrooms and sleeping areas, pass out clean clothes, manage the showers, pack snack bags for travelers, help the guests make contact with their family members that are waiting anxiously to hear from them, and most importantly of all, treat the hundreds that pass through the center each day with as much respect and kindness as we can so they begin to feel human and loved again.

I also work our ministry site, Proyecto Santo Niño in Anapra, Mexico, with Sisters Carol and Peggy as she is able. There are more and more children being brought by their parents that need help with their education. Many of them have fallen behind and for that and other reasons have become targets of such bullying that they do not want to go to school anymore. In addition to all the children with special needs already attending the center, there is quite a need for another teacher – even one who is learning Spanish on the job! And to address that issue, Yo estudio Español as much as I can each day, and take a free class once a week in Las Cruces.
I am grateful for the opportunity to explore and discern where and how God is calling me to minister next as I live out the mission of our Congregation.

S. Andrea Koverman

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday, Lent begins

March 7-10, 2019
Deep Encounter Retreat, San
Antonio, Texas

March 8-14, 2019
National Catholic Sisters Week

March 31-April 5, 2019
2019 Chapter: Venture Deeper
into Divine Mystery

April 10, 2019
Explore Your Call, 6-9 p.m.,
St. Frances de Sales, Lebanon, Ohio
http://www.cincinnativocations.
org/the-steps-and-the-seminary/
upcoming-events/exploreyourcall/

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday

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Helpful Links:
https://www.giving-voice.org
https://www.globalsistersreport.org
https://nrvc.net

Debunking Religious Life Myths

It’s National Vocation Awareness Week! Throughout the week the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati will be refuting myths about vocations to religious life.

Myth 1: No one is entering religious orders.

Myth 4: Entering religious
life is a last resort.

Myth 2: Most newer members are older or second-career candidates.

Myth 5: New members would prefer to live alone.

Myth 3: Traditional or conservative communities are the only communities attracting new members.