Born in Potsdam in the former East Germany, Sister Monika Ballani was a Medical Mission Sister Associate member from 2003-2004. She then became a Canonical member of our Society, and in 2006 made her First Profession of Vows. Sister Monika made her Final Vows in March 2013.
Sister Monika works in the Archdiocese of Berlin, Germany, where she is a social manager, coordinating and organizing pastoral care activities for persons with disabilities, especially those who are deaf, and with women in the center for counseling. Sister shares lovingly, “I learned Sign Language 18 years ago, which gave me the opportunity to communicate directly with my deaf aunt in the last decades of her life.”
Working with those with special needs, Sister Monika and her team invite handicapped persons to retreats, travels and projects. She says, “We sing, pray, dance, do handicrafts, and do group work. Everyone can become involved using the abilities they have. The disabilities are still there, but the pooling of different potentials weaves a web of support in which everyone can contribute.” She warmly adds, “For me, it is worthwhile to live this mission to make visible how special and wonderful God has created everyone, and to celebrate the gifts and talents of all.”