Postulants Ministry Experience
On January 9th, Sister Peggy Marie and the Felician postulants Gina, Michelle and Lauren left Enfield, Connecticut and arrived in South Carolina for a two week ministry immersion. Sister Jackie, local minister coined the first week’s theme: “Living the Vision Statement & Core Values: Southern Style” as the guide for all of the prayer, community and services for the upcoming week. During their orientation, Sister Johnna presented some South Carolina and Felician Center history, Sister Jackie gave them a tour of the properties and introduced the volunteers at hand and Sister Susanne provided the ministry orientations as the days unfolded.
A belated Epiphany blessing of the convents was held on Sunday, January 10th led by Fr. Marek Sotek, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church. Sister Susanne prepared a turkey dinner for all to enjoy after the blessing.
When the week started, Sister Peggy Marie and the postulants entered wholeheartedly into every aspect of the ministry. Sister Peggy Marie and Gina went with Sister Jackie to St. Philip Outreach Center in Lake City, SC, to serve in the food pantry and clothing closet, while Lauren and Michelle stayed and served at the Felician Center sorting and stocking canned goods in the St. Felix Pantry. That afternoon in the Learning Center, all assisted with tutoring and then engaged in a Big Sister program with the children. Bible stories about Jesus in ministry were taught, drawn, dramatized and more to be presented during the second week for a “Show ‘n Tell”.
A home visit to Miss Etta, a lunch treat with women from Our Lady Star of the Sea, North Myrtle Beach, parishioners who donated beautiful baby clothes from a parish “Baby Shower for Jesus” and the “Furniture Truck” project (see separate article) were facets of the ministry experience that kept all engaged.
Sister Peggy and the postulants was an unbelievable asset to the ministry with their “compassionate presence, total availability and generous cooperation”. Each one of them served as if they belonged here over a long period of time. They assumed responsibility and truly exhibited “gospel living in the footsteps of Jesus, Francis, Clare and Angela”. We pray for them as they journey with the Felician Sisters in anticipating full membership within the Order.