HOPE winter 2019 — small blessings, BIG impact
As Seen in HOPE
A volunteer Sister of Providence companion is embedded with each group of students. The course takes students on tours of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and more.
Staff members who participated in dementia care training share how it makes a difference in their everyday care giving: Don’t take any behaviors personally.** Build trust by spending time with each person.** Learn to read the cues of a person. A non-verbal person may ordinarily smile as a greeting; but if there’s no smile, she’s having a bad time of it.
As Sister Marilú reached official retirement, she was invited to coordinate the V Encuentro effort for the Diocese of San Bernardino. “What a gift! I really loved to work with this always-growing team of people of different backgrounds, ages, cultures, and nationalities,” she said.
“There is urgency in what is going on nationally, in the church and in society. There is such a need for women religious, and for other persons of faith, to really be leaders in this work towards justice,” said Sister Barbara Battista, the new social justice promoter for the Sisters of Providence.
With that sandwich comes evidence that somebody cares. A smile. A question of how is your day. Health updates. Playful banter. For the past several years, Providence Associates Karen Goehl and Rosaline Secrest have headed up the volunteers who distribute nearly 80 sack lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays to people in need.
Saint Mother Theodore Guerin is at the root of a special connection that still exists between the original Sisters of Providence in France and the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
And what of me, O God? I offer small gestures of support —
A smile, a kind word, a helping hand …
One big way is to change our diet. For each day of the week that we eat vegetarian rather than consume meat, we reduce our carbon footprint by 700 lbs. annually.
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