Sister Salome Nanwar, CSC

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life

Sister Salome Nanwar, CSC, who currently teaches at Saint Patrick High School, Khagrachari, Chittagong, Bangladesh, will be honored on July 16, 2017, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Salome served in parish ministry at Corpus Christi Parish in Jalchatra, Tangail, Bangladesh, and at Neerala Convent, Kulaura, Moulvibazar District, Bangladesh. For 13 years she has shared her gifts as an educator, serving at Corpus Christi High School, Jalchatra; Agrani High School, Lokhipur, Kulaura; Saint Placid’s High School, Chittagong, Bangladesh; and at Saint Patrick High School, Khagrachari, where she ministers currently.

Sister Salome was born in Burmacherra, Moulvibazar. She attended Jnanodaya Dharmaram College in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, and Saint Mary’s College, Shillong, Meghalaya, India. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Govt. Teachers’ Training College, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and her Master of Education from Bangladesh Open University, Chittagong. Sister Salome made her initial profession of vows on December 4, 1992, and her perpetual profession on September 26, 1998.
 
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Reflection after the Word

Friday, July 14, 2017

by Patricia Anne Clossey, CSC, for the Perpetual Profession of Vows of Sisters Areli Cruz Hern├índez and Esperanza Jacobo Acevedo 

Sisters Areli Cruz Hern├índez (left) and Esperanza Jacobo Acevedo (right) at their perpetual profession of vows as Sisters of the Holy Cross on June 17, 2017

Good evening, everyone! Well, the day has finally come! Throughout our lives there are many pathways to take and many decisions that we must make along our journey. How did we arrive at this moment? Perhaps the families of Sister Areli and Sister Esperanza are asking that question! “How did my daughter, sister or aunt come to make this decision?”

When Jesus of Nazareth returned home to visit his family (after he raised from the dead a 12-year-old girl), the people of his hometown were questioning among themselves: “Isn’t this the son of the carpenter?” “Isn’t Mary his mother?” (Matthew 13:15) “Where does this all come from?” Imagine, he has just resurrected a dead girl and they were talking like that…instead of giving thanks.

But today I can imagine the following scene: “Look, there is Esperanza over there. Isn’t she the daughter of Juan and Maria Luisa and aren’t they from Colonia La Rosita? And there’s Areli, isn’t she the daughter of Gilberta (and the late Mario) and isn’t her mother’s house in the Colonia Simuplade? They are normal women just like us, how can they be religious sisters or nuns?”

With questions like these, Areli and Esperanza, you are in good company with Jesus. He also had to deal with these questions. And these were opportunities for him to talk about God, God’s love for us and the mission entrusted to Him.

The reality is that women religious, or nuns, priests and religious brothers are normal people and they come from regular families. They come from our own families!

The journey for each person is distinct. For Esperanza and for Areli, the journey was a long process as they reflected about their lives and continued to work and help their families.

In the first reading from the prophet Jeremiah, the prophet talks about his struggle with God. God had given Jeremiah a very difficult mission: to stir up the people, asking them to turn from their ways in order to live a better life. The people were making fun of Jeremiah, but God spoke to him “like a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones. The effort to restrain it wearied me, I could not do it.” (Jeremiah 20:8-9)

God continues to speak to us today; God continues to call us. As our Gospel reading says, “You did not choose me, no, I chose you and I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” (John 15:16)

So then, the interior struggle of each person begins. Perhaps it sounds something like this: “I am searching for meaning in my life, I want to love and be loved, I want to serve others. I feel something inside like a fire within me or a voice speaking within me. Perhaps God is calling me to do something special with my life. But, I don’t want to think about this. I want to run in the other direction. I just want to be normal, get married and have a family. The possibility of a call to religious life shocks me. It fills me with fear and at the same time delights me! But what will my family think of this? What will my friends say?

“As time goes on, these thoughts stay. The feelings don’t go away, so I talk to others like a sister, priest or wise friend. I pray a lot and reflect on what I am going to do with my life until I can say as Sister Glenda does in her song: ‘You have fascinated me, Jesus, and I have let myself fall in love. I have struggled with everything that I feel, but you have conquered me with your love.’

Yes, Jesus calls us today, but for what does he call us? He calls us to love, to give our life in service to others, to dedicate ourselves to God in prayer and to form a religious community. In our Constitution and Statutes we say, “We share in the mission of Jesus to reveal his Father’s love for all people, to proclaim the good news to the poor, freedom to the oppressed and healing to the afflicted.” (Constitution 1) And how do we respond to this call? By responding to the signs of the times and to the needs of our Church and our world. In meeting these needs we have seen the face of Christ in our brothers and sisters. While we are women of prayer, we are not in the chapel all day. We are an apostolic community. We work among the people.

Esperanza has had the experience of attending to individuals with very serious conditions as she worked as a paramedic with Cruz Verde (Green Cross) and in the department of social work in the hospital where she assisted families in crisis. In her time with Department of the Integrated Family, Areli has worked with abused adolescents and children as well as their families. As a psychologist, she has used her skills to help heal and reintegrate families back into society.

Yes, we respond to God’s call to serve, but we are also called to share life in community. We know that human relationships are not easy, whether in marriage, in the workplace or in service with others. It is the same with religious life in community. There are challenges every day. The second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians reminds us of some of the qualities that are important if we are going to live our vocation with love and in peace. “Love is patient and kind, looks towards other’s interest and pardons all.” (2 Corinthians 1:13)

Today Areli and Esperanza, you are professing your perpetual vows in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. By doing this, you might say that you both have reached a goal in your lives. While that is true, in another way, this journey is just beginning! Every day you will have the opportunity to put in practice what you have professed today. Here are some suggestions as you continue. Be faithful to prayer in your life, kindling your relationship with Jesus so that the sacred fire within never burns out. Be women of passion and compassion, have a spirit of gratitude to God. Be patient with yourself and with those you live with. Be receptive to the ideas of others and to the ideas of leadership—they may be able to help you discover new gifts or new ways of serving. Continue to grow spiritually and professionally in your life. And finally, maintain a spirit of humility and a sense of humor which is so necessary in our common life.

This way of life is a great adventure! With confidence in the divine providence of God we go forward one day at a time with the promise that God will always give us the grace necessary to fulfill the mission.

As young Anne Frank, whose birthday was remembered this past Monday (June 12) said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world!” With the apostolic zeal of Father Moreau, now is the time to love, to serve and to console. And as the song that you like by the group Jesed says, “It is love that impels me to labor in the name of Jesus!”
Thank you Areli and Esperanza for responding to this call. Know that God, your community, your families and your friends are with you to support you with love now and always as your continue your sacred journey.

(English translation of the original reflection in Spanish)

Sister Susuma Costa, CSC



Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life

Sister Susuma Costa, CSC, who currently serves as formation coordinator for the Area of Asia and as director of temporarily professed sisters in Dhaka, Bangladesh, will be honored on July 16, 2017, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Susuma served in pastoral ministry and taught in Brother Andre High School in Sonapur, Noakhali, Bangladesh, during her early ministry. She later conducted parish ministry and taught in the school at Corpus Christi Parish, Jalchatra, Tangail, Bangladesh, for eight years. During that time, she concurrently served six years as assistant director of vocations for Bangladesh. In 2009, Sister Susuma returned to Brother Andre High School in Sonapur, where she is currently teaching and working in parish ministry, while also serving as formation coordinator and director of temporarily professed sisters.

Sister Susuma was born in Rajason, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She pursues studies at Jnanodaya Dharmaram College in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Sister Susuma later earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Noakhali Government Mohila College, Noakhali, Bangladesh; her bachelor’s degree in education from Govt. Teachers’ Training College, Dhaka; and her Master of Arts degree from Government Ananda Mohan College, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Sister Susuma made her initial profession of vows on December 4, 1992, and her perpetual profession on September 26, 1998.
 
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Sister Parboti Gomes, CSC

Thursday, July 13, 2017


 

 Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life
 
Sister Parboti Gomes, CSC, who currently serves as a councilor for the Area of Asia and as candidate director for the Sisters of the Holy Cross formation house in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, will be honored on July 16, 2017, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Parboti taught health education at Neerala Convent, Kulaura, Moulvibazar District, Bangladesh, during her early ministry. She later worked in parish ministry in Sonapur, Noakhali, Bangladesh, and for four years she taught religious and health education and served as parish visitor at St. Joseph’s Church, Srimangal, Moulvibazar District. She has served in her current role in religious formation for the Congregation for nine years.

Sister Parboti was born in Balidior, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College, Shillong, Meghalaya, India. Sister Parboti made her initial profession of vows on December 4, 1992, and her perpetual profession on September 3, 1999.
 
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Sister Semita Nokrek, CSC

Wednesday, July 12, 2017




 Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life
 
Sister Semita Nokrek, CSC, who currently serves as councilor for the Area of Asia and as a teacher at Corpus Christi High School in Jalchatra, Madhupur, Tangail, Bangladesh, will be honored on July 16, 2017, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Semita served in parish ministry for 14 years, beginning at Corpus Christi parish in Jalchatra. She later ministered at Blessed Brother Andre parish in Agartala, Tripura, India, where she organized women’s programs and supervised orphaned boys from the area.

Sister Semita was born in Gaira Village, Madhupur, Tangail. She studied at Jnanodaya Dharmaram College in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She pursued further educational work with the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, and completed leadership development training at Saint Mary’s. Sister Semita made her initial profession of vows on December 4, 1992, and her perpetual profession on September 26, 1998.
 
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Sister Stella Maris Kunihira, CSC

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


 Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life

Sister Stella Maris Kunihira, CSC, who currently serves as councilor for the Area of Africa and as a librarian at Holy Cross Lake View Senior Secondary School in Jinja, Uganda, will be honored on July 16, 2017, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Stella served as an elementary school teacher for more than 12 years, sharing her gifts at a government school in Fort Portal, Uganda; at Wanyange Primary School and Saint Andrew’s Primary School in Jinja, Uganda; and at Moreau Primary School, Kyarusozi, Uganda. She later taught secondary education at Holy Cross Lake View Senior Secondary School in Jinja, where she served as director of temporarily professed sisters, and has ministered as a librarian for four years.

Sister Stella was born in Kiboha Burahya, Uganda. Before entering the Congregation, she worked as a certified teacher. She earned her teaching certifications at Kinyamasika Teachers’ College, Fort Portal, and was awarded her teaching diploma in primary education from National Teachers College, Kaliro, Uganda. In the United States, she pursued coursework at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana, prior to earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame. Sister Stella made her initial profession of vows on September 15, 1992, and her perpetual profession on August 22, 1998.  

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