8 March 2012
In this photo taken in 2000, a Filippini Sister plays with kindergarten students St. Lucy School in Adigrat, Ethiopia.
(photo: Sister Christian Molidor, R.S.M.)
Today, CNEWA begins a month-long campaign devoted to “Celebrating Women.” Longtime CNEWA colleague and friend, Sister Christian Molidor, reflects on the importance of the work of religious sisters in the region CNEWA serves, and appeals for your help in supporting the challenging work of these women whom she calls “the survival kits for humanity.”
Beware: Whenever you receive a message from a nun you dont know, shes going to ask for money. Im no exception.
Ive been a Sister of Mercy for 52 years, and for half of that Ive served CNEWA until my retirement last September. A few of you will remember my nagging emails, many of which described the work of sisters in the countries where CNEWA serves. I asked for your prayers, and assured you of mine. But today, I ask for your help.
Years ago, I met an elderly gentleman at one of our schools in India. I asked him why he had enrolled all of his children in a Catholic school. He was a devout Muslim. He said, I send all my children to Catholic schools. I send my family to Catholic hospitals. ... Its just your church that I never attend.
At the time, that hurt me. But the sadness of his judgment summarizes why I am convinced religious women, along with their dedicated coworkers, best represent the church! The sisters serve the people, regardless of their religion, race, gender, nationality, caste, tribe, designer dress or rags — everyone. They educate and care for ALL the people of God. What profound creativity: They love their neighbors!
Wait a minute, have we heard that somewhere else?
These women with whom I have had the privilege of living and working in the lands where CNEWA works were and remain role models for me, and I am proud to write on their behalf. St. Vincent de Pauls words express how I know religious women are able to serve so many in so many different ways. They begin by loving their people:
It is only when they feel your love that the poor will forgive you for the gift of bread. Giving is the easy part. These women are the survival kits for humanity.
A little more about our “Celebrating Women” initiative:
In March, we celebrate women and their gifts to the world. What better way to celebrate than by showing your love for religious sisters who serve the church in some of the poorest places on earth?
This month, several generous benefactors of CNEWA are pledging $20,000 for the work of sisters if others can be found to make matching gifts. At stake is $40,000 for sisters. That money and all the good it can accomplish for the poor is within reach. But only with your help.
From now until 31 March, your gift for the work of sisters will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,000.
What does this opportunity mean for you? Every $1 you give today is worth $2 for sisters. Your $15 gift is actually worth $30. Your gift of $50 actually means $100 for sisters. You can double your gift instantly — and double the power of your love for sisters and for the poor whom they serve — if you take advantage of this matching gift challenge before the deadline of March 31st.
Please click on the link above and be as generous as you can.
Tags: CNEWA Sisters Women (rights/issues)