At Sister Pat Patton’s mission in Loitokitok, Kenya, the Diocesan Justice and Peace Department conducted a seminar with representatives from all of the parish’s out-stations. They introduced techniques of dialogue and counseling for assessing problems of justice and peace on the local level, and planning possible solutions. The German Ambassador to Kenya was there and was taken on a tour of the compound, including the primary school under construction, and the house where Sister Pat lives. Sister Pat is invited to lunch with the ambassador on her next trip to Nairobi.
In Philadelphia, the Center for the Empowerment of Women, founded and directed by Sister Teresita Hinnegan, is co-sponsoring “Slam on the Silence: Quiet the Violence” on Saturday, February 25, at 5:00 p.m. Held at Ploome Studio in Liberties Walk, in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, the performers at the event will address teen dating violence through the medium of the spoken word. Prizes will be awarded to the top three performers.
Sister Rose Kayathinkara recently received the 2012 PA Togan Sangma Award for Social Service from the Governor of Meghalaya, North East India. The citation reads, in part, “Sister Rose is a beacon of hope and a messenger of peace, who has selflessly and relentlessly served the people of Garo Hills for the last 34 years. Her herculean efforts to uplift the people from poverty and destitution…have borne fruit in several ways as the people of the region under her care and loving guidance have transformed their lives.”
In Bottrop, Germany, Sisters Gertrud Dederichs and Beate Harst, and Associate Karl Heinz Heyer, are involved in a pastoral care project that connects pastoral care in the hospital with different parishes. As pastoral workers in the hospital, they see that the average hospital stay is growing shorter. Now, people in the parishes are being trained to visit the sick at home when they are discharged from the hospital. This is a new way for parishioners to keep in touch with mostly older patients who are no longer able to go to church.
February 15, 2012