Monday, October 27, 2014

Peramiho Priory Series: How YOU can Help!

(While on home leave Sr. Rosann Ocken, Prioress of Peramiho Priory, sat down with Sr. Inviolata and talked about the work of the sisters in Tanzania-Peramiho Priory. If you would like to learn more about the work the sisters are doing check out www.mbsmissionaries.org.) 

The Missionary Benedictine Sisters are doing amazing work all over the world, but need partners who want to do good. The sisters in Norfolk try to help our sisters in foreign missions to access partners and opportunities to help with their missionary work. The sisters are working hard to be the hands and feet of Christ all over the world.

If someone would like to donate to Sr. Rosann’s mission in Peramiho they can send donations directly to the Immaculata Monastery with a note specifying where they want it to go or by going online to mbsmissionaries.org and donating there. The online donation page is completely secure and goes directly to the sisters.

 If others don’t have the resources to share Sr. Rosann says, “I really do believe all the prayers that are offered just storm heaven for us and that is so important. I really appreciate the prayers. If people want to connect with us in friendship and promise us their prayers and spiritual support that means the world to me.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Abby in the Abbey: Hospitality


 

I’m just a dog, but I’ve noticed that the weather is changing!!!  Sr. K and Sr. GM are wearing jackets and gloves now, but they still haven’t made me wear my jacket which is fine with me because I just hate that thing!  I’m going to put on here a picture of what we saw this morning.  Isn’t it just beautiful?  There were some guys fishing in boats and Sr. K and Sr. GM wished they were out there too!  I remember going fishing with them this summer and I just loved riding in that boat.
I’m still busy making sure that the people who come to the Monastery are friends and not robbers!  Sometimes I have a hard time telling them apart and then the Sisters get mad at me and tell me to stop my barking.  Since hospitality is a huge part of the Sister’s ministry I guess barking is not a good way to greet visitors and I am trying hard to learn that part.  Luckily most of the people are dog lovers and understand that I am still learning not to be fearful of them. 
My word of wisdom today is that being hospitable in how we treat each other especially our family and friends is a great way to make a peaceful world.  It seems like with all the bad things going on that a lot can be learned from us dogs.  I heard from Sr. K just today that some people are chaining up dogs and beating them right here in Norfolk!   Isn’t that just awful???  It makes me wonder how they are treating their own people if they treat dogs that way?  Our world could use a lot more calm energy and you can find that by taking a long walk around the lake with your dog and letting your cares fly away.
~Abby~

Monday, October 13, 2014

Peramiho Priory Series: The Sisters' New Project


 (While on home leave Sr. Rosann Ocken, Prioress of Peramiho Priory, sat down with Sr. Inviolata and talked about the work of the sisters in Tanzania-Peramiho Priory. If you would like to learn more about the work the sisters are doing check out www.mbsmissionaries.org.)
 
The Sisters in Peramiho have a new project that they are excited to get started on! The sisters run St. Anna’s health center in Uwemba and do a lot of work with prenatal care and early childhood development. As of right now, when a woman has complications in her pregnancy and labor she must travel 40-60 minutes to another hospital for a Cesarean section. With conditions the way they are, many women and children are dying as a result.

The government wants to create a safer environment for women to have the operation. They are allowing smaller health centers to create safe and clean operating rooms to have cesarean sections. The sisters are leading the cause in the area with creating a Cesarean section department in Uwemba. One sister will begin schooling in August to further her education to become an Assistant Medical Officer. She then will be able to do the Cesarean sections and other minor surgeries. 

With the help of an organization in the Netherlands, the sisters will have some funding to start this project. The Sisters’ hope is to begin construction in one year and be fully functioning in two years.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Peramiho Priory Series: Costs of the Orphanage

                                               
(While on home leave Sr. Rosann Ocken, Prioress of Peramiho Priory, sat down with Sr. Inviolata and talked about the work of the sisters in Tanzania-Peramiho Priory.  One of their major ministries is the Orphanages where they take care of 80 children. If you would like to learn more about the work the sisters are doing check out www.mbsmissionaries.org.)  
For the sisters the cost of running the orphanages is extremely high. With the decline of German benefactors and the rising costs of living, the sisters’ expenses are also going up. They have been able to manage because Sr. Fromunda had enough reserves to keep them going. The sisters depend on the help of other people to take care of the children alongside the sisters.

The sisters have the role of covering every aspect of cost of living for the orphans. The cost to cover room and board is $1 per child per day. That is $80 a day for just room and board, and does not include healthcare, education and other expenses. The costs are not like those in the United States, but still are extremely high for the area of Tanzania.