On April 11, Sisters Teresa Harpin (right) and Theresa Lynch (left) began a pilgrimage from the Basilica of San Francisco in Assisi, Italy) to Rome. For 13 days, they walked through every type of terrain on the Via Francigena di San Francesco covering 150 miles! The Sisters’ path followed the footsteps of St. Francis from his home in Assisi to the gates of the Vatican. They capped off the trip on April 26 by attending an audience with Pope Francis where they sat within a few feet of the pontiff!
The second annual issue of our congregational magazine, Carondelet, hit mailboxes this week! This year’s issue focuses on the myriad of ways that our sisters, associates and partners in ministry live out the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. This theme of “moving always toward profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction” can be seen in every page of the magazine in the many stories and pictures of people living out our mission.
Once again, the magazine is printed in side-by-side English and Spanish to be inclusive of our Sisters and supporters in Peru.
If you would like to receive a copy of the magazine, please email Kim Westerman at email@example.com.
Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, president of St. Ambrose University, will join a delegation of 24 independent college and university presidents to attend the first Higher Education Summit of the United States and Mexico, to be held at the end of the month in Guadalajara.
Our sisters in Peru request prayers for victims of flooding
Devastating floods and mudslides have caused 72 deaths and extensive damage, as well as affecting infrastructure, power and drinking water in Peru, where we have 21 sisters.
Sister Sally Harper, director of our Peru Vice Province, sent the following update:
You might have heard in the news about the flooding in the north of Peru. It is quite extensive and people have lost homes, farms and animals. Other areas affected by the rains are: Abancay, Arequipa, Ancash, Ayacuho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanaco, Ica, Junin, Lima, Puno, Tumbes, and Ucayali. (These places are on the coast, in the mountains and in the jungle.)
There are problems in the outskirts of Lima (Chaclacayo y Chosica) and in Lima itself near the River Rimac which runs through the city. The rain from the mountains fills the rivers on the coast and they spill over their banks. Bridges have also been destroyed, so towns and villages are cut off.
In our three houses in Lima, we are affected by the heat (in the 90s every day for the last six weeks) and the water rationing. The Center House did not have water from Thursday through Saturday. Some of the sisters stood in long lines on Saturday to get a few bucketfuls. That evening they received two hours of water and were able to fill some barrels. Our houses in Canto Chico and Brisas are still able to use the water in their tanks, but are using it very sparingly.
This situation is attributed to what is being called El Niño Costeña. The heat wave is not being moved on because the winds that should come from Oceania are not coming.
We appreciate your prayers for those who are most directly flooded out of their homes and farms. We have contributed blankets, non-perishible items and money through a congregation that works in the north.
Your sisters in Peru
The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers has given Sister Michelle, Humke, CSJ, the Preceptor of the Year Award. This honor recognizes a preceptor who has excelled in the training of students and residents. The award recipient is someone who has a sustained record of significant contributions to training in the role of preceptor and mentor; and has a track record of having a positive influence on future healthcare clinicians.
Sister Michelle heads the Behavioral Health Department at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. Though the center has three paid staff and several professional volunteers, the majority of the care is provided by her team of clinically supervised interns.
“Sister Michelle is definitely always available to lend a guiding hand and is incredibly knowledgeable,” says Greg Smith, MSW of Arizona State University-Tucson. “Her holistic view of providing integrated care, her patience and love of teaching has influenced so many careers.” Congratulations, Sister Michelle!