I pray you and your families are well and you’re being gentle with yourselves while continuing to navigate this challenging and uncertain time. I can imagine, for many of you, the start of September typically marks a return to your usual routines coming off the summer holiday, however, this year it may look a little or
a lot different. The same has been true for my own role with Redeemer Ministry Corps. Typically at the conclusion of a volunteer year, I will quickly shift gears to prepare for orientation in August to welcome our incoming volunteers. However, this year, due to the impact of the pandemic, we have had to suspend the program for the time being. This decision has also generated discussion around the greater needs of the Sisters. From these conversations, a shift will be occurring with my current job description. I will now be focusing more on programming to invite and engage more people who are interested in learning about the charism and spirituality of the Sisters of the Redeemer. I will be collaborating with a team to create and implement a variety of outreach and engagement opportunities for our Redeemer family and beyond. Be sure to follow us on social media to learn about these upcoming opportunities. Two examples of this are our book club (see below) and our sock drive (see page 3). I am open to suggestions and would love to hear from you if you have a program idea. I will continue to share these RMC newsletters with you and very much look forward to welcoming back full-time volunteers in the near future. In the meantime, stay tuned for new and exciting ways to stay connected with us and help us spread the word!
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JOIN OUR BOOK CLUB!
If you are interested in joining a group that is committed to antiracism work feel free to send me an email, LMehalick@holyredeemer.com to learn of our next virtual gathering. Our group has been reading the book, Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. We meet monthly via Zoom. All are welcome to read along and if you want to go deeper you can join our group once a month for a discussion.
On the evening of July 20, we celebrated Emily Waystack’s year of service as a Redeemer Ministry Corps volunteer with a Mass of Thanksgiving. Although this year’s gathering was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, a small group of Sisters, supervisors and a few special guests were present for the Closing Liturgy while the larger Redeemer Family joined us via livestream. Before Mass concluded, Emily shared with us her reflection on her Redeemer Ministry Corps experience. Emily took us through each letter of RMC and shared what these letters came to represent for her. Focusing on the letter, M, which came to stand for mission for Emily, she shares about her commitment to this mission and how it informed her response to the pandemic during the second half of her year. Emily shares,
"Our next letter, M, stands for Mission. At the very beginning of the year, I was tasked with creating a mission statement. I wrote that my mission was “one of intentionality- to love deeply, live simply, and shine brightly as to share the light of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.” Each day I would strive to live up to what I had set out to do. While it could be difficult some days, I was always up for the challenge. This is what I signed up for after all. In the back of my mind was also the mission of the Sisters of the Redeemer- to care, comfort, heal- which I also tried my best to embody. During the Pandemic, I felt called to act upon this mission by taking temporary leave from the Drueding Center to serve full time in the ICU. This was not an easy decision to make, but I felt that it was the right thing to do. And I know with all my heart that Blessed Alphonse Maria would have done the same thing in order to be among the sick. I was on a mission and though quite frightening, I had courage, for God was and still is with me."
We are grateful for Emily's perseverance and for the care, support and the light she shared to the staff and patients in the ICU during this difficult time. You can read Emily's full reflection on our website, found here.
On September 9, we celebrated the Feast of Blessed Alphonse Maria Eppinger, Founder of the Sisters of the Redeemer. Her legacy of caring for sick, poor, and vulnerable persons continues to live on in our hearts and mission through you, our Redeemer Family. Inspired by Blessed Alphonse Maria’s words, “you must see the Savior in the poor and in the sick; you must serve them with kindness and joy, and consider that it is God whom we serve in them,” we invite you to join us in following in her footsteps through the tangible act of providing new socks for men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. You can purchase socks online via our Amazon wish list from now through Septmber 30. When purchasing using this list, select the option to have the socks delivered to the Province Center.
< On July 16, Emily's community members hosted a BBQ Pool Party in honor of her final community night. The following week we officially waved goodbye as Emily made her way back home to Massachusetts. We will miss her presence and wish her all the best on her future endeavors! >
We remember and celebrate the lives of two beautiful women of faith who have both returned home to their Redeemer, Sr Barbara < Deitrich on July 22 and Sr. Mary > Alphonse Hamel on September 8. We are grateful for the gift of their lives and the blessing they were to all those who had the privilege of getting to know them. We hold their families, the Sisters and Redeemer family in our prayers.
Liz Mackenzie (1997-98) shares, "Since my time with RMC, I completed a dual masters program (social work and pastoral ministry at Boston College) and moved around a bit. I've been a hospital chaplain in San Diego for 10 years (first year as a CPE resident). I love working in an interfaith setting and providing spiritual and emotional support to patients, families and staff. I especially love listening to their stories, many of which inspire me. The past few months have been challenging, and I'm grateful to many family members, friends and colleagues who've been so supportive."
Leo Bremer (September 2019-January 2020) shares a letter from Germany, "Greetings to all my lovely fellows and friends in United States! It’s sad, that we did not hear much from each other, but in general, it was a difficult time so far. I hope you are okay. I want to share some news about me. At the end of August, I moved to Munich and left my parents home. Now, in Munich, I serve as an apprentice at a traditional bavarian brewery called “Augustiner Bräu”. Maybe you hesitate a bit, but I think for me it is a good opportunity. The schooling addresses a wide variety of topics. Beside the production process of different kind of beers, I will learn much about systems engineering, chemistry, and I will gain experience in a company/industry and working experience, too. After my apprenticeship of 2.5 years I am still thinking of going to university. In Munich I live in a shared apartment. It’s influenced by Christianity and we celebrate mass very often. It’s very nice. Overall, it is a big change for me, but I am fine with it. It would be very nice, if we could visit soon again. But as promised I will come visit you, if it’s possible again.
I pray for you and God bless you,
Leo with his two sisters,
Donata (left) and Sophia.
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Virtual Book Club Meeting
Mass livestreamed at 11 am
via the Sister's facebook
Feast Day of Blessed
Alphonse Maria Eppinger
Conclusion of sock drive collection
US Presidential Election Day
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