Sister Patricia Eck, CBS, Congregation Leader, recently traveled to South Africa and Tanzania to visit the ministries that some of our other Sisters of Bon Secours are working in there.
Sr. Pat shared her thoughts about the journey: “My trip to South Africa and Tanzania was marvelous. Sr. Rose Marie [Jasinski] joined me for the South Africa portion and Sr. Marie [Ryan] for Tanzania. We were blessed to see the ministries of our sisters. Their lives are very simple and focused on those they serve. The Clinic is changing with the requirements of the funders, it will continue to be an important ministry for us. The ministry of the sisters in the parish and township continues to grow. It was good to just be with the sisters. We also had a fun trip to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. It was exciting to see some of the BIG animals. Sr. Esther’s [Murray] work at the University in Tanzania is pretty amazing. She is loved and respected by faculty and students. It is difficult to describe the breadth of the University and the work being done there. Truly, it was a GREAT trip!”
Sr. Rose Marie Jasinski, CBS, United States Country Leader, also shared about her trip to South Africa: “I visited the AIDS clinic as well as the boys’ shelter and the town of Tshikota where our sisters visit people in their homes bringing them food packets, prayer and attention to some of their other social needs. My time in South Africa was blessed with the many smiling faces not just of our sisters who we visited but of the patients, children and strangers on the street whose smiles portrayed joy, warmth and welcome!”
What an important ministry our Sisters of Bon Secours are providing in this area of the world. For more information about their work in Limpopo, South Africa, please our short video, A Mission of Hope & Healing in South Africa.