We congratulate Sister Nigist Biru, who received her official diploma as a Health Officer in Attat, Ethiopia. Her thesis on malnutrition was well received. She is working in the Outpatient Department and also overseeing the Nutrition Unit at Attat Hospital. In the parish, she is involved with young people and the sewing group, whose profits go into an education fund for the youth. Sister Nigist will make her Final Vows in 2012.
In Kottayam, Kerala, India, Sister Dolores Kannampuzha continues serving at the Cancer and AIDS Shelter Society (CASS), which she founded. Sister Dolores is involved in rehabilitating women, educating children, and contacting benefactors. She follows up with HIV/AIDS clients, works for psycho-spiritual empowerment of their families, and visits with their children. Many people benefit from the regular holistic massage clinic held at CASS.
Sister-Doctor Miriam Paul (Hanna) Klaus, who founded the international program TeenSTAR (Sexuality Teaching in the context of Adult Responsibility) is traveling to Kampala, Uganda, for a meeting in mid-January, 2012. TeenSTAR is active in 23 districts in Uganda. Sister will then go to Ethiopia, where TeenSTAR trainers are working in 11 dioceses.
Our Sisters in Malaybalay, the Philippines, have begun a mission with the Higaonons, a group of indigenous people who have lost their ancestral lands to big agri-business enterprises. Although the Higaonons still till the margins of the land, in most cases their produce is not enough to cover basic needs. The Sisters are working with the people to grow vegetables and herbal plants on a large vacant lot.
January 1, 2012