"You must go on to develop your leadership skills."
— Sister Meri Halam, CSC
This is part 2 in a series of stories about sisters who are continuing their education to better serve others in need.
Sister Meri Halam, CSC, from Bangladesh, is continuing her education in the United States to better serve others in need. She is enrolled at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana, founded and operated by the Brothers of the Holy Cross.
Growing up in India, Sister Meri Halam and her family were well acquainted with the Holy Cross priests who served in her village. They were frequent visitors and she learned many things from them. After completing 10th grade, she stayed home to work and help support the family. The priests told her, "But you are so smart! You must go on to further your schooling and develop your leadership skills."
The priests communicated with Sister M. Bruno (Beiro), CSC, in Shillong, India, where Holy Cross sisters minister. Soon, Sister Meri was living with the sisters and attending college at one of the oldest Catholic institutions in India, "with great hope and good spirit to build my leadership quality." Toward the end of her two years, Sister Meri felt God was calling her to become a Sister of the Holy Cross. She traveled to Saint Mary’s for her novitiate and the very day after making her initial profession, she flew back to India. She began ministering in an orphanage, where she taught the young children and did parish ministry. She loved it.
After three years, Sister Meri was asked to continue her studies so she returned to Indiana to pursue a major in elementary education and a minor in theology.
Currently a freshman, Sister Meri enjoys the professors at Holy Cross College. "They are very helpful and welcoming, especially to students of other cultures who need a little more attention," she said.
Sister Meri will graduate in 2019, after which she says she will be ready to serve wherever the Sisters of the Holy Cross need her to go.