Mission in Honduras
In Honduras, Sr. Doris Regan works with prisoners and people coping with HIV/AIDS. She brings God’s peace to a poor community San Pedro Sula, which is considered the capital of HIV+/ AIDS cases in Central America. The Casa Aurora AIDS Center ministers to 51 families with children infected or affected by the disease. The center offers a weekly support group for adults, sessions for the children, and workshops for the families regarding the disease itself, touching on topics such as nutrition, family issues, psychological aspects, legal rights, counseling, and mutual support. There are regular home visits to accompany the families and a small business project to help the women earn much needed income. Read the latest edition of the Honduras Updater.
Mission in Nigeria
Sr. Rita Schwarzenberger has been a long-time missionary in Nigeria and currently manages Hope for the Village Child. This program works with the villages in an area south of Kaduna to improve the lives of rural residents, especially women and children. The organization advances education, healthcare, and women’s development in myriad ways. They build classrooms, mobile clinics, and clean water wells; train teachers and health workers, and help women learn to sew, knit, and make soap for income; establish programs for immunizations, health education, antenatal care, and corrective surgery for children with rickets, and more.
Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena
In celebration of its 50th year in Kansas, the former Great Bend Dominican congregation began a mission in Nigeria, West Africa. Dominican Fathers were already present in Nigeria, and invited the Great Bend Dominicans to join them. In 2007, what began as a mission, officially became a separate congregation: the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena. Today, the sisters administer five schools, operate two clinics, manage a Christian training center for women, serve in parishes, and participate in primary evangelization.
Mission in Chimbote, Peru
Sr. Manuela Crisologo Gonzales teaches religion and mentors students at a local high school, and she is involved with the youth of the San Jose Obrero (St. Joseph the Worker) Parish. She also assists in the Equipos de Nuestra Senora program.
With a MA in Physical Therapy, Sr. Susan Leslie is the founding director of Centro Benvin Sansbury, which is a center for complimentary health in Chimbote. In this capacity, she tends to the administrative details of the center, organizes trainings and periodic outreach programs, and mentors a staff of seven therapists.
She also leads retreats and centering prayer sessions with various groups, and she conducts spiritual direction work (called “spiritual accompaniment” in Peru).
In addition to their formal roles, the Sisters seek out other ministries to serve the people of God. They are involved in the formation process for young women interested in exploring religious life, complete administrative and organizational tasks with various collaborative groups, and are active in their local parish.
Mission in Haiti
Haiti is the poorest country on Earth. Two Dominican Associates, Anthony and Victoria Taylor, minister to people in Haiti, as they still struggle to survive severe poverty, recover from an earthquake and government structures that continually falter. They provide desperately needed resources and bring hope and peace to the those they serve.