On March 25, 2012, Medical Mission Sisters renewed our partnership with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) in the management and stewardship of Kurji Holy Family Hospital in Patna, India. After a special prayer service, Sister Rowena Miranda, our District Coordinator in North India, and Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN Provincial, together lit two diyas (oil lamps) that merged into one flame. Then five Sisters from each congregation lit ten diyas. Archbishop William D’Souza said the lighting was symbolic of the pioneering partnership our two communities began at the hospital 12 years ago, and expressed his appreciation and support for this mission.
We congratulate Sister-Doctor Simone Herrmann, who made her Final Vows as a Medical Mission Sister on April 9 in Bottrop, Germany. A surgeon, Sister Simone serves in a local hospital. She will be moving to England later this year to be part of our new, international London community.
Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. Medical Mission Sisters are involved in a wide variety of ecological efforts to ensure safe water, food and air for people around the world. We also are committed to live our own lives in a simple, sustainable way. For more information on Earth Day, please visit: www.earthday.org
Wednesday, April 25, is World Malaria Day. Its theme this year is, “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria.” According to the website, www.worldmalariaday.org, humanity is now “at a decisive juncture in the history of malaria control. Whether the malaria map will keep shrinking, as it has in the past decade, or be reclaimed by the malaria parasites, depends, to a great extent, on the resources that will be invested in control efforts over the next years.” Many of our Sisters care for, or advocate for, people suffering with malaria.
April 15, 2012