Born in a coastal village in Tamil Nadu, India, Sister Eugine Mary Simon, who entered our Community in 2000, says being a healing presence comes from looking within. “One thing is to realize my own woundedness. When I am able to do this I am able to recognize the need for healing,” she shares.
Sister Eugine Mary was a part of our Chapter Communications Team and has also edited our South Indian newsletter, Spandan. She is currently in Philadelphia preparing to become our next Society Communications Coordinator. When she completes her training, she will return to India for a few months, and then move to London, England.
Prior to coming to Philadelphia in January, 2017, Sister Eugine Mary worked for seven years in South India, among the dalit women and children. The people in this area are migrants; they do not own land and are always looking for work. A social worker by profession, she helped identify the needs of the villagers, providing social and pastoral support in her desire to help build a healthy community. She focused on the youth and children, working through education, leadership development programs, catechism and the “Youth and Children’s Parliament.” She warmly shares that some of the people she helped are still in contact with her today.