By Sister Loretta Cornell, MHSH, President
“Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name. Come and follow me…”
On Saturday, June 18, we will sing these words by David Haas as part of our 2011 Jubilee Celebration honoring the ministries of four Mission Helpers of the Sacred heart. Each was called by name to follow. Each responded to the call.
Together, the four Sisters have served the people of God for a total of 220 years bringing joy, hope, consolation, and the words of the Scriptures to thousands of people. We know they have touched hearts and changed lives, and our world is a better place because they answered that call so many years ago. They continue to answer it today.
Take a few minutes to read about their lives and their ministries [see below] You will meet Sister Carrie Schindler, raised on a farm and working for the FBI when she answered the call to spread the word of God and be a pastor to His people.
Sister Mariel Ann Rafferty wanted to be a “missionary of some sort” and spent more than 30 years traveling throughout rural Florida and West Virginia bringing pastoral care to poor parishes.
Sister Maria Luz Ortiz, born in Puerto Rico, knew from a very early age that she was meant to help people in need. Her 50-year ministry has been one of great service in both the Hispanic and the English-speaking communities in North and South America.
Sister Mary Louise Zaworski was also drawn to religious life at an early age. By the time she reached high school, her only question was which religious community to enter.
Four Sisters, all very different, all drawn to the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart where each was able to pursue her own, unique calling.
Please read their journeys and join me and the entire Mission Helper Community in gratitude for these outstanding women. God has truly called them by name and they continue to be guided by the Holy Spirit.