ACN 20160928 46573 Easy ResizeMeet Sister Samia - Saint Coeur Sisters in Syria

My name is Sr. Samia Jreij – I was born in Ozeir, Syria on the 17th of January, 1980

My decision to become a sister was made in my childhood, I’ve grown up within a Christian family committed in the Church who taught me how to pray and how to love Jesus. Our house is close to the church, thus, I spent most of my time in it. I entered into the congregation on the 1st of November 2000. My family respected and understood my decision. They encouraged me and prayed for me with inner deep joy. I still remember their words full of faith. My father said: “this vocation is from God, how we can stand against it. It is a blessing when I present one of my own flesh and blood to God”. My friends and relatives had various opinions towards my decision. Some accepted joyfully and some thought that it was a kind of madness and wasting chances of life. Our congregation serves all denominations, it works for humanity and serves according to Ignatius' spirituality these things drew me to join.

Meet the Pallottine Sisters, Kigali, Rwanda

ACN 20190205 83332 Easy ResizeVocation: “I am Sister Cécire, 49 years from Masaka, I have three sisters and one brother.

“Not all the members of my family were so happy with my decision to become a sister – especially because I had a job that I had to leave…  But I see these difficulties as a way to make my vocation stronger. I decided to join the Pallottine Sisters because I could witness the commitment of the missionary sisters, and their compassion for the poor and ordinary people. Also the life of Saint Vicent Pallotti is also impressive for me, he didn't put limits on the help he gave to the people. This is what I liked. It is the way to thank God, to offer my life for others.
I like to find time for prayer, and also I am very glad in the moments that I can help people, especially when they can change their life (material or spiritual), for the better, I am very happy about these moments. I could have given my life in different ways, I could have had my own family and children, but it makes me happy to have no limits in my love to everybody, I feel free to help and love all people, my family is the whole community.

ACN 20190109 82045 Easy ResizeMeet Sister Rita Kurochkina from Kazakhstan: Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

by Maria Lozano

Sister Rita Kurochkina CSIC was born in Kazakhstan into a family that was not practising the faith. At the age of seven, she first began to go to church, but at some point stopped. At the age of 14, she found her way back to the church, and, together with her brother, took the initiative to prepare for baptism. “From that day on, I went to Holy Mass every single day,” she says.

When she decided to enter the convent, her mother did not approve and refused to give her consent for an entire year. Sister Rita, however, did not want to enter the order without her mother’s permission. She spent a year far away from home, working and taking care of her aunt. “It was like spending a year in exile,” she recalls.

Meet Sister Mari Graciana  from Peru, Congregation Verbo Y Victima

Vocation

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

 “My name is Mari Graciana, I am 28 years old and I come from Piura. There are five children in my family and I am the third. Piura is on the north coast of Peru in an area that is fairly hot. The people are very joyful, spontaneous, open and very affectionate and welcoming as well.

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I went to school together with my sister in a school run by nuns. My family taught us Christian values, so that whatever we did, we did it in a spirit of gratitude, to God first of all, and also to our parents.

On different occasions Pope Francis expressed the wish that young people should pray for peace in the world. In order to respond to this request, ACN has offered to send rosaries as a gift to the young people gathering at the World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019.

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Responsibility for supplying these rosaries has been entrusted to Caritas Jerusalem. In this way this charity has been able to provide work to many needy families, young unemployed, prisoners and refugees over many months in Bethlehem and its surrounding area. The rosaries, which can also be worn as an armband, have been produced at a cost of one US dollar per rosary.

Image: Olive Wood Rosary beads with a photo of Pope Francis. He will distribute to the pilgrims during World Youth Day in Panama 2019.

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