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Iksan St. Mary’s Hospital Hospice Ward

On Wednesday, November 9, Sr. Elizabeth Kampe and Sr. Cecilia Yeom visited the hospice ward while they were staying at Iksan community for the consultation conversations with members of the Korean Province.
The Hospice ward in Iksan St. Mary 's Hospital started to care for patients with terminal cancer from September 5, 2016.  Actually sisters have been taking care of the elderly for a long time by introducing a little concept of hospice 10 years ago, but this Hospice ward opened about a year ago as a legalized institution in accordance with the national hospice palliative medical policy. In the past fourteen months, 77 people have spent the rest of the time beautifully and gone to God.
In the hospice ward, there are two nursing sisters and social worker sisters who manage spiritual support, a doctor and five nurses, nursing assistants, caregivers and volunteers. The most important care is to alleviate the pain of terminal cancer patients and to help them to end their lives with spiritual and psychological support, reconciliation and forgiveness between family and relatives, in a spirit of thanks and peace.
The sisters and the staff who work here are also well prepared and caring for the people who are on their way to death. They are fortunate enough to feel the meaning and reward of life. However, there is also a program to prevent burnout for them. Furthermore, if there is one Catholic believer in the patient's family, sisters try especially to help the patient spiritually, that they may know God and be baptized before they die.

Text and Photo Hildegard Chang CJ

This news item expired on 14/01/2018.

Remembering All Souls in the Korean Province CJ

For Catholics in Korea, also, 2nd November is the day when they visit the graves of their relatives. In the diocese of Daejeon there are two large cemeteries. The seven sisters of the Korean province who have died since the foundation of the province in 1964 are buried in Shengwhan. Sr. Luca is the only one of the first members who died and was buried in Germany, and  there is a memorial stone to her in Shengwhan. Like many others on this day, the sisters from Seoul and Daejeon came to Shengwhan, prayed at the sisters’ graves and finally celebrated Mass together.  According to Korean expectations cemeteries must be in sunny places, without trees and flowers growing, so as not to hinder the natural process by which the bodies are restored to the earth.  
(Text and Photos Eka)

This news item expired on 07/01/2018.

Visitation in the Chilean Province

The visitation in the Chilean province took place from 16 to 29 September.  Chile is a country of geographical, climatic and also social contrasts. The Cordillera de los Andes is the geological  backbone of the longest and narrowest country in the world. The first German Sisters of the CJ arrived in 1934 in Antofagasta, a city in the north of the country, where the Atacama desert extends - the most arid in the world.
Sisters Jane Livesey and Elena Gatica, accompanied by Sr. M. Helena Gabai CJ as translator, visited the seven apostolic communities of the province: Santiago-Macul (Provincial House, Bethany, house for the elderly / sick sisters, and a school), Santiago-La Florida (filiation), San Carlos (school) , Chillán (school), San Ignacio (Polytechnic), San Fabián (parish pastoral) and Antofagasta (school).
In addition to the personal conversations with the sisters and a community meeting in each place, they had the opportunity to share with some of the lay staff who collaborate in the educational mission in each of the five schools, the main ministry of the province. In San Fabián de Alico, they also shared with the sewing workshop for local women who are advised by one of the sisters. The visitation ended in the meeting with Sr. Marité, the Provincial superior, and the members of her Council.
On 30 September, Sisters Jane and Elena met with the three Provincials of the Regional Conference of Latin America (CRAL), Sisters Silvia, M. Helena and Marité, to establish some steps towards the process of reconfiguring the three provinces.
(Text: EG; Photos: EG and Sr. Paula)
Photo 1: Sr. Jane gives a blessing to Sr. Flor Maria in the Betania House.
Photo 2: Meeting with laity in San Ignacio
Photo 3: Meeting with the women's workshop in San Fabián.
Photo 4: Sisters Jane and Elena with the Provincials of Latin America

This news item expired on 06/01/2018.