Sr. Pia Ignatius, Sr. Julie Michael and Sr. Melissa joined the Sisters on Renewal for a day's outing to Auriesville, NY to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of the Martyrs. They also participated in a telethon held to celebrate the 130th Anniversary of the Shrine. These photos show the Sisters being interviewed at the telethon, posing with the statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, posing with a young man healed of flesh eating disease at young age through the intercession of St Kateri Tekakwitha and just enjoying a beautiful day!
Sr. Pia Ignatius received a surprise visit from her brother Paul and his wife Sejin this morning. Along with their visit were two surprise visitors- their dogs Maggie and Cookie! Sr. Pia took her guests to the Mother Angeline Heritage Center and introduced them to Mother Angeline.
|COOKIE FINDS A TRUSTED FRIEND|
|THAT'S ONE HAPPY DOG!|
|MAGGIE, SR. PIA, COOKIE & "MOTHER ANGELINE"|
My name is Sr. Melissa Schill and I am a Postulant in the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. I am currently at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham Massachusetts on a six month ministry experience.
I have recently completed twelve hours of Dementia training at our facility. While I was doing Lectio Divina on this Sunday’s gospel reading, Sept. 6, 2015 I was reminded of our ministry with our Dementia and other residents and its connection to the Gospel. This Gospel speaks about how God healed the deaf man, including his speech impediment. I thought how wonderful he must have felt to hear Jesus for the first time and to speak so that others could understand him.
I was also reflecting on the residents we care for and some their communication difficulties. Many have hearing problems and some also have speech impediments due to various conditions. Residents with Dementia are especially vulnerable to communication problems. Since Jesus is not here with us on earth to heal them I thought of how we need to really listen to them in order to understand them like Jesus would. Jesus would make our residents feel at home with us and not lost in the background due to communication difficulties. So this Sunday as we read Jesus healing the deaf mute I will be remembering how all of us are important and are children of our heavenly Father.