Sisters of the Divine Savior, also known as Salvatorian Sisters, were founded in Tivoli, Italy in 1888 by Venerable Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan with Blessed Mary of the Apostles. Our international congregation of 1,200 Salvatorian Sisters minister in 29 countries on five continents, to make known the goodness and kindness of Jesus, Savior of the world. In solidarity with all those we serve, we walk alongside the elderly, the young, the hungry, the sick, and the imprisoned. In collaboration with our larger Salvatorian Family of Priests, Brothers and Lay men and women, we give ourselves to a worldwide mission in the spirit of our founders.
The area hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan is the city of Tacloban, just northeast of Cebu City. Our Salvatorian School office in Cebu was damaged, but the school itself is intact and now serves as a shelter. Our Filipino Sisters are safe and are providing aid to survivors. If you wish to support their efforts, we can assure you that 100% of your donation designated for Philippines Relief will reach our Sisters. You can donate online or call Jennifer at 414-466-7414. Please continue to pray for the people in Philippines.
We extend our deep gratitude to the Catholic Foundation – Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. for featuring the Salvatorian Sisters’ Women’s Skills Training Project among their 2013 fundraising programs. Our project strives to improve quality of life for women in Pakistan through a two-year course taught at our Home Economics Centre there. The Catholic Foundation highlights our project in its 2013 booklet that goes out to parishes, schools, youth groups and benevolent organizations throughout the Green Bay Diocese. Best of all, 100% of contributions made through the Catholic Foundation will come directly to the Sisters of the Divine to benefit our ongoing ministry in Pakistan.
Those are the words of our Sister Eloisa from the SDS Philippines Region, who reports that Salvatorian Sisters in Cebu are safe, although their convent incurred damages from Typhoon Haiyan. Part of the roof of the Salvatorian School office was blown off, and our Sisters do not have electricity or water. The Salvatorian School is now serving as a shelter for people nearby whose homes were blown away by the typhoon, and our Sisters are providing food for those families. Some of our Sisters’ own families are also greatly affected, but there is no way to communicate with them at this time. Please join us in praying for the people of the Philippines, as they continue to discover the life toll and damages from the typhoon.
Sister Carol Thresher, SDS North American Provincial, (right) presents Dr. Ann Maguire with the 2013 Woman of Faith Award on behalf of the Sisters of the Divine Savior.
We extend our sincere thanks to reporter Christopher Kuhagen for the outstanding profile of our 2013 Woman of Faith Award recipient. Dr. Ann Maguire’s faith-inspired service as a medical practitioner and mentor is the subject of Chris’ bi-weekly column Someone you Should Know in the October 17 edition of the Brookfield/Elm Grove NOW community newspaper. Last week, Sisters of the Divine Savior honored Dr. Maguire at the 13th Annual Woman of Faith reception in Milwaukee.
Greetings to all,
Sunday started out with Confirmation with the Bishop for 10 students at our parish. Mass is the same as in the states, however, there are many more gifts–fruits and vegetables, some homemade projects from the students–and a few extra songs. Mass is said in two different languages, Tamil and Sengala. The Chrism oil is different…the smell of Jesus Christ was not in the air and I truly missed it. But He is definitely in the hearts of many children and people here. After Mass the parish priest and sisters all had lunch with the Bishop. He is funny and down to earth, and speaks very good English.
Monday was teachers day with gifts from some of the children. It is a bigger celebration here than at home. The children really enjoy showing their appreciation to their teachers. Tuesday we had a birthday party for one of the children. The birthday boy carried one piece of cake around to each child for a bite.
We think the water situation is under control, at least for now. It has rained for about an hour almost every day to refill the well. The temp has started to go down, to about 75 during the day and 65 at night. The sisters think it’s cold but I’m enjoying every minute of it.
This week Sr. Ranjana and I had lunch with the parish priest and a few of his colleagues. One had spent a couple of years in Maryland, so we had a great conversation. Sr. Ranjana was called home this week for the death of her grandfather. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
Peace and God Bless
Sr. Sally Anne Leyda, SDS
Confirmation class gathers with the Bishop.
Birthday boy shares cake with classmates.
Children show their appreciation on Teachers Day.