Thank you from Ichama

Dear Sr. Rosemarie,

Sr. Calista and Sr. Helen, Little Angels School

Sr. Calista and Sr. Helen, Little Angels School

Thank you so much to the children of Holy Name School.  May God continue to bless them and crown with success their every good effort.  And thank you for your efforts, Sister, especially for the efforts you are making to raise money for the less privileged in our school.

The children of Little Angels School are very grateful. They are now preparing for their final examination which will qualify them to be promoted to the next class if they pass. Schools here in Benue State will be going on vacation on 18th July.

I thank God for the life of Mrs. Mitchell and for her happy retirement.  I pray God will continue to bless her and always meet her at the point of her needs. I will write to her later.

Since we started this term, I have used part of the money you sent to buy uniform wears for about 20 of them. Sister, you need to see some of these children and what they wear to school –  something that is not good to wear or even to stay at home, they wear it to school.  We have 3 uniform wear options and out of this 3, some don’t have even one that is presentable.  It pains me so much when I see them.   I will pay the school fees of about 20 children this term with the same money.   What I need now is resources to enable me to fully take care of the uniforms, books and fees of the children here that so much need help.

Thank you once again, Sister. If not for you, I know that a good number of the children in our school now would have had the opportunity to be here

Love to our Sisters.  And to all.

Sr. Calista

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Holy Name School 1st Grade Missionaries

First grade students at Holy Name Catholic School in Birmingham, MI, raised more than $400 for Little Angels School in Ichama, Nigeria.

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First grade teacher Mrs. Zanda Mitchell prepared our future mission-conscious Christians by leading her first graders in a cookie & bake sale to help children at Little Angels School, where 3 HVM sisters serve as director and teachers.   Tuition at Little Angels School is $10.00 per year but even this small amount is too much for some local families in Ichama.  The money raised by the first graders at Holy Name are enough to pay tuition for 40 children.

How have you helped our children experience the joy of sharing and merciful giving?  You can help support the same efforts as these “small” missionaries at Holy Name School.   Go to the Contact Us/Donate  page on this website and click on the “Donate” button there.  A single $10 donation is enough for a full year’s tuition.

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New Bookstore and Day Care Center in Apo

00 st_charles_lwanga1Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary in Nigeria has given full support to two creative new projects by Sr. Vivienne Eze, HVM.   After several years of week-end pastoral ministry at St. Charles Lwanga Parish in Apo, named in honor of  St. Charles and his companion martyrs of Uganda, Sr. Vivienne has ventured two new endeavors there:  a Bookstore and Precious Baby Day Care.

The bookstore is located within the parish premises.   Stocked with bibles, spiritual books and religious articles, it attracts the new parishioners of the parish in Apo, a developing satellite town southeast of the Nigerian capital city of Abuja.   Utube video of parish mass and choir is below.

Precious Baby Day Care provides a caring environment for children of young working parents. Parents know and trust Sr. Vivienne and are grateful to have a Day Care in close proximity to their living quarters.

The brightly decorated rooms for infants and toddlers contain colorful sleeping mats, attractive learning materials, charts, white board, TV, tables and chairs.  Sr. Vivienne, a gifted singer and well qualified in early child development, plans each day’s activities of songs, stories, ABC’s , play, eating and sleep time ready for the children to be picked up by their parents.

You can help support the Sisters Home Visitors of Mary book store and day care center by using the Donate button on the SHVM Contacts page.

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Sr. Rosemarie Easter Message

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Joyous Easter Greetings!

May our Easter reflections shatter our fears and fill us with awe so we go forth with hope and purpose.  May new life blossom in and around us as we become more open to mercy and a compassionate presence with one another.

Please pray for out Nigerian Sisters as they touch families and children in their communities through religion classes, at schools and in day cares.  And as they reach out to those hospitalized, imprisoned and displaced by terrorism.

Thank you for being in mission with us through your prayers and generosity.  Starting with two Sisters from Detroit, the HVM community in Nigeria now numbers twenty-five vowed religious women in the Home Visitors congregation.  The building of our formation house and development of the Pastoral Institute in Gwagwalada has been a dream made real through your support.  The chapel still needs to be finished but the classes, library and computer classes are already happening.

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Evangelization goes on in many ways.  Our HVM ministry is after all (as it has always been) to build up the Church, not buildings.  Sr. Vivienn is opening a bookstore and day care as well as continuing her pastoral ministry at St. Charles Lawange parish in Apo.  Sr. Juliana is working with the justice office while Sr. Anne focuses on prison ministry in the Kuje area.  Sr. Lydia opened a second women’s empowerment program to serve victims of human trafficking.  These are just some of the new happenings this year.  May the Spirit continue to guide and empower growth into all it can be.

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Thank your for walking with our HVM sisters as they reach out to share the Joy of the Gospel in the lives of others.  We beg you to consider supporting the preparation of religious and laity to help form the growing Catholic family in Nigeria.  We hear how the cost of college education is keeping women from joining religious congregations in the USA; the same is true in Nigeria.  Could you or your Knights of Columbus group or your sorority or church committee adopt a HVM sister’s education?

Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Blessings,

Sister Rosemarie Abate, HVM

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Holy Name 1st Graders Live the Joy of the Gospel

The children and staff of Holy Name School, Birmingham, MI, put into practice the call of Pope Francis to live the Joy of the Gospel by showing mercy and by sharing our goods with others.

On January 22, the first grade Missionaries of Mercy at Holy Name collected clothing, household items, and toys for donation to St. Raymond – Our Lady of Good Council parish Thrift Store in Detroit.  00 Holy Name 1st Grade This project was a great success due to the generosity of Holy Name families.  Two vans full of toys, pots and pans, dishes, and household goods were delivered to the thrift store, where families moving back in to nearby abandoned homes can shop for basic household items with a dollar or less. The thrift store and St. Vincent DePaul parish conference are ways of reaching out with the compassion of Christ.   Sisters Home Visitors of Mary serve in the parish and oversee the Thrift Store.

Under the wonderful formation of their teacher Mrs. Zanda Mitchell, the first graders will also have a bake sale to support their sister school in Ichama, Nigeria. This is the 2nd year that Mrs. Mitchell has linked these young Christians’ hearts and hands to bring her children into mission with the Home Visitors of Mary here at home and in Nigeria.

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Little Angels School in Ichama, Nigeria

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New Year in Adamawa, Nigeria

0 20160101_112641We are blessed to receive and be able to share this moving account from Sister Clare Emeruom on her new year visit to villagers in Adamawa state in northeastern Nigeria.

Sr. Clare captures the heart of the HVM sprit!  Through the magic of the internet we are able to share her journey almost instantaneously.

Via email from Sr. Clare ——-

“Thank you sister Rosemarie for your good new year wishes.

I went for an unforgettable missionary experience in the interiors of Adamawa state.

I had the desire to spend part of the Christmas/new year holidays with a different people, to reach out to those not my own, to see a different place and to meet a different people.  I also wanted to test my courage. The state I went to, Adamawa, is in the north east where boko haram thrive.  People put fear in me when they heard of where I wanted to go but I thought “Is it not humans that live there?

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I thought of being in solidarity with the people over there. I went and everywhere was calm and serene. Things are going on well.  I was informed that the area never experienced any attack of boko haram in spite of the fact that they are located in the middle of the bush, in totally remote and deserted area.  So it was good to know that boko haram terrorists are not in all the areas in the north.

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In those small villages, people came to new years eve vigil mass and masses at dawn in huge numbers without fear, relaxed and sang praises to God.  When the people were told in Church that I too am originally from the far east of the country, they were surprised I made the decision to come. They were very happy and grateful.   I was glad I did.  I am glad I was able to reach out.  I am glad I could value the poor of a different people.

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The new year eves vigil mass I attended was in a small village called Detti in the middle of the bush. No roof, fallen walls, no light. Total darkness all around, even though we started the mass as early as 7:00 pm.

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It was good to see another world in a community you drive to via a bush bumpy path for up to 70-100 km. No hospital, no market, no water but for little streams which are almost dried out due to dry season.

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I was well welcomed as I could pick and say a little in their language. I greeted them in Church in their native language.  The morning after New Year mass in another community called Jamgbunu, the women came to visit me specially with a basin of groundnuts.  They live by their farm produce and bush meat.  It was such a good experience to see them still happy and healthy and worshiping God. They only have one catholic church there with a young priest doing his best.

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I also did a lot of home to home visitation. Wonderful people there.  It was certainly a different New Year celebration for me.  I resume work officially today. Tomorrow and next we will have our usual retreat to begin the year.

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The different communities I visited shown in the pictures are Detti, Jamgbunu and Karlahi.

Rev. Sr. Clare Emeruom, HVM “

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Christmas Greetings

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Christmas Greetings

from the Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary

 

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The Word Became Flesh Among Us

 

We have seen for ourselves and can witness that the Father has sent the Son as savior of the world.  1 Jn 4:14

 

2,000 years ago Mary and Joseph knocked repeatedly but found doors closed to them.  Since 1949 however the Home Visitors of Mary have walked the streets of Detroit and the roads of Nigeria knocking on doors to Welcome others.  Welcome into our church home!  We are one!

Pope Francis has declared this the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  The papal announcement of the Jubilee contains this moving passage that both validates and celebrates the SHVM mission of last 65 years:

In this Holy Year, we look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes modern society itself creates. How many uncertain and painful situations there are in the world today! How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the 00 the-pope-in-africarich! During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care. Let us not fall into humiliating indifference or a monotonous routine that prevents us from discovering what is new! Let us ward off destructive cynicism! Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our own, and together may we break down the barriers of indifference that too often reign supreme and mask our hypocrisy and egoism!

The Sisters Home Visitors of Mary wish you the best in this season of hope.  May you be abundantly blessed.    May we grow together in opening the doors of our hearts and our minds to others, especially to the poor and those marginalized by social attitudes and structures in our city and country.

May the peace of The Lord be with you and yours!

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