Provinces

Serving the Elderly in Taiwan

                     SERVICE TO THE NEEDY

Holy Name of Jesus Unit

Service to the Needy! We feel very much honored to be entrusted by the Department of Health of Kaohsiung City Government to set up day care stations for elder people with slight dementia.

We may say that the visible sign of our society today is aged people! And they need special care. Our St. Joseph Hospital is ready to meet this need. In fact before we got the request from the Department of Health, we have had special day care services for the elderly with dementia in our Nursing Home, where the Hospital staff not only kept the aged people indoors, but also coordinated various activities to get them involved, happy and become healthy.

Responding to the request of the Department of Health, we set up two places for this purpose. One is in our St. Joseph Hospital and the other is in Zuoying, the former site of our kindergarten built in 1956, near St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church. Looking back at the history of service to people in Zuoying, we can see that our apostolic service has been responding to the call of the times. Originally our mission was to take care of the parish Catechism for the children during summer and winter vacations starting in 1952, the kindergarten in 1954, and then a clinic in 1956 in which our German Sister Pacis took care of the clinic and Sister Hilda came over to help from Kaohsiung City twice a week. In the same year, a small St. Theresa convent behind the kindergarten was also built. When those two German Sisters retired and went back to their country, the clinic was closed. Zuoying city has developed. In 1985, the kindergarten was also closed because of the decreasing number of children. Then in 1997 the vacant convent and the kindergarten were renovated and became a social service center – Well Spring Home (康達家園) which was used to take care of abused women and later became   a halfway home for adolescent girls. We ended this social service in June 2016 because more and more there are larger social service institutes taking care of them now around this island.

Then the city’s call for utilizing our vacant space to serve people with dementia came to us. The former administration office of Well Spring Home and the class rooms of the former kindergarten are again renovated into “Happy Living School,” a day care center for  elder people with slight dementia. Now this School is currently providing a different means to help the elderly enjoy life in their golden age and slow down or prevent dementia. Moreover, the School is also used for the family members. It is very important to help, encourage and support those family members who take care of the elderly with dementia, and to provide proper ways of accompanying the old.

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vocational promotion in Namibia

Vocational Workshop                    By Sister Helena Simuku

The Diocese of Windhoek in Namibia held its first Vocational Workshop in Opuwo Good Shepherd Parish, (Kunene Region). I went to represent our Congregation of SMIC sisters of the Namibia Province. We started Friday evening  July 6th to Sunday  July 8th   2018.

This workshop was conducted by ten Congregations of religious women and men from all over Namibia, under the theme: “Let anyone accept this who can” Mt: 19:12.

100 youth  attended the workshop. The majority expressed their feelings that the weekend was indeed successful. They thanked the parish priest and all representing Congregations for the wonderful presentations we had shared with them. I am in contact with some young girls interested in joining us. Let’s include them in our prayers.

Words from Pope Francis to encourage youth:  “Vocations that are born in prayer, from prayer and only through  prayer can assist young people to persevere and bear fruit.”

Closing remarks, dear sisters, let our lights shine brightly throughout the world.

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VI SMIC Educational Symposium

 

 

 

 

2018 SMIC Education Symposium

The Sixth SMIC Education Symposium was held between the 24th and 26th of August at Dom Amando Convent in Salvador, Bahia. Collaborators from the following Schools were present: Immaculate Conception, Capela, Sergipe, St. Eufrásia- Barra-Bahia, Vera Cruz- Recife-Pernambuco and Dom Bosco- Itabaiana-Sergipe, with the latter  responsible for the preparation of this Symposium..

The event had as its theme:  SMIC Education: Breakdown walls, construct bridges. Go evangelize

Based on the Year of the Laity, the talks and all the activitives were directed to the mission of evangelization, lay men and women to make the world better. We who are educators need to be involved in this spirit, as we are the collaborators and integral to the formation of our students.

The Symposium clarified and strengthened ideas in relation to our mission as citizen, educator in  collaboration of forming a just and equal society

The days were enriched with learning and joy.  Each speaker offered  a concentration and participants were emotionally involved taking them to real life, their experiences and concerns; the perspective of making a difference.

Within this context, the speaches were inspiring and provoked us to be a transform- ative participant in the school and world.  One can sense that all depends on us, on our professional and Christian responsibility.

We are grateful for the Symposium which we felt was great.  We need to Evangelize!

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a 100+ year story of service

On June 19, we had the delightful experience of dedicating a bench and 3 cherry trees in Eastside Park, Paterson, New Jersey. The Province of the Immaculate Conception donated these to the people of Paterson,   as a symbol of our 100 plus years of presence to and with the city and its needs.

17 SMICs were joined by the Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson Arthur Serratelli, his priest secretary and Vice chancellor Fr. Kevin Corcoran, Chancellor and Delegate for Religious Sister Joan Daniel Healy, SCC, current mayor Jane  Williams-Warren, the mayor elect Andre Sayegh, as well as Gianfranco Archimede, Executive Director of the Paterson Historic Preservation Commission, Joanne Wiley of the Eastside Neighborhood Association and a commissioner of the Historic Preservation Commission as well as several officers and members of the Eastside Neighborhood Association.

Several years ago while attending another dedication in the Park of a bench donated by the Islamic Center of Passaic County, Sister Barbara Fried remarked that this would be a wonderful way to commemorate our time in the city when we would be leaving for senior housing elsewhere.

So began a 3-year process navigating the inner workings of city government, historical commissions, and various civic councils to bring about this moment.  Thanks to the able guidance of Joanne Wiley and the on-going efforts of Mr. Archimede, it was finally accomplished.  In addition to the bench for rest and relaxation of park-goers, we added the flowering cherry trees to not only enhance the beauty of the park but to back up our province environmental stance on constructively helping with climate change.

As we started to name the various ways we have been present to the people of Paterson through the years we realized that we were involved on the west side, through St. Bonaventure parish and Don Bosco High School, center city at Martin de Porres, Eva’s Village, St. Joseph Hospital as well as Paterson General, several elementary schools, the Paterson Public library, on the north side with Associate Ethel Williams, on the east side through Barnet Hospital, St. Therese parish, the Eastside Neighborhood Association, and Paterson Catholic High School.

In recognition of all this, the city council of Paterson presented a plaque to our leadership team. The Historical commission also honored the Missionary Sisters with their annual award citing people who treasure the city and its people in their actions and presence.

Following the ceremony which ended with the Sisters blessing the bench and trees with holy water and a prayer for all those who would use the bench and enjoy the trees, billed by the historical as a place of contemplation, all adjourned to Joanne Wiley’s home in the neighborhood for tea and sandwiches and sweets.

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Jubilees and Novitiate celebrations

Novices in white veils: Srs. Herta and Christiana

Sr. Elisabeth and Sr. Monika

 

 

 

 

February 3, 2018 was a day of great joy for the Namibian Province in thanksgiving to God for Sr. Elisabeth celebrating her 50 years and Sr. Monika 25years of religious life. On the same day two Postulants Herta and Christiana entered their novitiate. We acknowledge the presence of the different Religious congregations of sisters and priests deacon, lay ministers, youths and our families   who came to share the joy together with us.   It was amazing how young sisters brought the words of God to the altar in beautiful cultural dancing procession. The Church choir of Tses led the Liturgy together with the sisters.  

We were also blessed to have Fr. Joseph, vicar of Keetmanshoop diocese, Fr. Werner Afunde, vicar general from the Archdiocese of Windhoek and Fr. Josef Hatutale and Rev. Emeritus Bishop Philip Pollitzer, the main celebrant. The homily of the bishop was inspiring and very clear “that the jubilee is to look back with gratitude, joy and pride upon the 50 years and 25 years. And that means that our abiding devotion and faithful services to God has touched countless heart and inspired so many. Today is a day of thanksgiving to God, for many graces and perseverance in the Religious vocation and for listening every day to God, saying to me: ”Whom shall I send ? who will go for us? Here I am, Lord, send me to preach your word to the whole world.” (Is 6:8)

Novices: This is day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad. It was really  an unforgettable day where we felt proud to become part of the SMIC family. Therefore our gratitude goes to our sisters who allowed us to take further step in religious life as SMIC. The liturgy dance was lead by candidate, youth and St. Therese parish choir. It was a joyful day. After communion the candidate and the two novices dance thanksgiving dance with the sound of the African drum and that was amazing.

Thanks to our Sisters who made this day wonderful for us. We appreciated everything and please continue praying for us, from Herta Shaningwa and Christiana Stephans.

After the Mass everybody was invited to the Church Hall for delicious meal with barbecue. Thanks to the parishioners who prepared and decorated the Hall so beautifully. As you know, as Africans, our celebration continues always  with the performance of our different cultural dances, singing and beating drums; that was really feast filled with joy and happiness. We thank the Almighty God for the beautiful celebration and gratitude to all who made our day so wonderful with best wishes and prayers.

 

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Final Profession of Sr. Emerensiana Hawanga

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Emerenciana with parents presenting her to the Congregation and then in habit

Final Profession of Sr. Emeresiana Hawanga

                 Jer 5:1 before I formed you in the womb I knew you.

 

With a great joy the SMIC family, my family and friends at  large gathered together in Tondoro (Namibia) at the parish for the celebration of my perpetual Vows. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided by Fr. Maurus Kantana Kakuru (OMI) the Vicar General of Rundu Pastoral Region. I was honored to have him because he presided at the Mass when I made my first profession. My very thanks goes to him and let us keep him in our prayers since he will be celebrating his 25th silver jubilee as a priest on May 2018. My gratitude goes to our Generalate sisters in USA and the Provincial councils of Namibia for approving my request to make this final step in religious life. Many thanks and I pray for you. After the entrance hymn the provincial calls me by name and I got up and said ” Yes I am ready.” The whole community and parishioners welcomed me with applause. As I was sitting with my parents they brought me to the altar to meet the provincial (Sr.Clara). A conversation was between my parents and the provincial asking them whether they understand the way I chose to follow Christ; their answer was “Yes,” they understand fully. After that they give me to my provincial and I went to remove my traditional dress and dressed in a religious habit. As a sign of renouncing the world and following Christ, I give back the traditional dress to my parents telling them that I am thankful for their support on this way of life and that I have decided to give myself totally to Christ forever. “This was the most touching and tearful moment but I believe that everything I do, I do it for Christ.” My parents received my traditional attire  and I joined my  fellow sisters. What moved me too was when the priest said: final vows is a serious commitment, you might come along with challenge but there are more challenges awaiting for you outside this Church. But with those challenges be not afraid, God will always be with you and will protect you”. I’m grateful for God’s countless blessing in my life and my gratitude to my SMIC family for the beautiful celebration and for your encouraging words on my journey.  And thanks to all who accompany me with their prayers. God Bless you all!!

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LEMICs

Lay Persons Associate Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seed planted  in good soil and blessed by God has blossomed in other fertile lands where there is a SMIC Community. Many are called but few respond with a YES.  Today there are 125 members in the following SMIC locations of Brazil

 

LOCATION NUMBER COORDINATOR
Fortaleza: Bairro Padre Andrade 11 Sr.Leônia
Fortaleza: Bairro Antônio Bezerra 08 Sr.Eliene
Canindé 10 Sr. Maria Cleofas
Belém 12 Sr.Carmelita
Alenquer 13 Sr.Nilsa
Monte Alegre 21 Sr. Heloísa
Itaituba 24 Sr. Heloísa
Santa Clara – Santarém 11 Sr. Maria Olinda
São José – Santarém 15 Sr. Heloísa
Total 125

 

LEMIC COMMITMENT TERMS       We, attending to the call of God, freely decide to assume the commitment to be Lay Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception, living the charism and spirituality of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. We wish to develop the Mission and Marian-Franciscan Spirit  in the example of the Founders, Bishop Amando and Mother Immaculata being a Compassionate Presence and Evangelizer, principally among the most needy.

 

 

The group serves in diverse ways both within the Congregation and in the Parishes and Dioceses to which they belong.

          Briefly, the objective of LEMIC members, is to share with the Sisters the mission of Jesus Christ by being a contemplative and missionary presence especially to those most in need.

Every three years, the LEMIC group meets in a General Assembly. Such a meeting took place  November 10 to 12th held at the retreat house of São José in the Santarem region.. Nine Province groups of the  Immaculate Heart of Mary Province, Belem were present as well as 9 members from the Holy Cross Province came to be accompanied by Sr. Olivia.   In total, there were 90 participants. As  2017 was the Marian Jubilee Year, a significant theme for the Church of Brazil, this  same theme was used at the Assembly: “With Mary in defense of Life

 

The purpose of the Assembly was to evaluate the past three years and to plan for the next5 three years until  2020.

 

Besides the monthly meetings  LEMIC members are engaged in various pastoral ministries in the Parishes: catechetics, home visits to the sick, vists to the hospitals, extraordinary ministers of Communion, liturgies, Christmas novenas and novenas of the parish patron saint, lenten theme,  organized missionary weekend activities, annual retreat and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Thursdays of each month, they pray the rosary in the neighborhood along with other activities.

 

Meeting with group representatives

Theme: Revitalization of the life and Mission of LEMIC

Objetive: Prepare the Triennial Plan and practice of the Norms of Life

Location: Belém

 

 

 

 

 

 

CULTURAL NIGHT AMONG THE LEMICs–always a fun way to be together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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