In Union in Mission

Sharing with fellow Catholic missionaries from the U.S. is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates around the world try to be a healing presence to others today.

Sisters Pat Travaline and Lorraine Ryan, who live and work in Florida, recently participated in the annual U.S. Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) Conference, held in Miami. Sister Anne Louise von Hoene,accountant and administrative assistant for the USCMA, presented financial reports at the conference, which marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of this group. The theme was, “Communion and Missionary Discipleship.” The meeting included three keynote presentations and smaller groups.

Sister Pat, who is involved in a variety of healing ministries in St. Petersburg, attended sessions by Sister Madge Karecki, SSJ, in which she “spoke of the formative process of missionary disciples, which begins with an encounter with Christ, and developing a relationship with Him, and continues with conversion, discipleship, communion, and mission.”

Sister Pat also appreciated a discussion on the need for missionary communities to maintain themselves for the sake of their mission, involving faith-filled risk and prudent decision.

Sister Lorraine Ryan, who works with many Haitian women at the Women’s Circle in Boynton Beach, was moved by a talk on “Faith in Times of Trial,” by Father Kunal, who is a pastor in Haiti and teaches at St. Thomas University there.

Sister Lorraine says, “It was an unforgettable experience, with a liturgy at Our Lady of Haiti Church concelebrated with Miami Archbishop Wenski (fluent in at least three languages: Kryol, Spanish, and English), having Haitian liturgical dance, and a Haitian fete afterward with marvelous entertainment.”

December 1, 2011