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|GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
WE MISSION IN APPALACHIA
CAP (Christian Appalachian Project) is an interdenominational, non-profit organization which since
1964 has been serving the needs of the poor in 48 counties in Appalachia in Kentucky. Led by an ever
more frequent and intense calling in the heart of Sr. Audrey Mary, to serve the poor of Appalachia, she
found a way for us to become a part of CAP.
CAP offers a program called “Mission from Home” which allows
people to partner with them from home by collecting specifically
needed supplies for different programs and bringing them to the
CAP office in Eastern Kentucky.
We chose to work for the needs of the School Readiness
Backpack Program. Were we ever blessed with much support
from our parish ARISE groups, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and
other parishes and people in the Owensboro area at large!
Becky Franey even went along with us and we are so grateful to
her. Her car was also full of supplies.
So on April 2nd and 3rd, we made our first trip to Mt. Vernon, KY
where we delivered the donated school supplies to very grateful
|We sisters and some of the camp
and school workers of CAP.
We were orientated into the CAP
program by Sister Robbie Pentecost, a
Franciscan sister from Oldenberg, IN.
She led us on a tour of many of their
projects—the child development
center, the spouse abuse center, the
food pantry and clothing store to
name just a few. We stayed at Camp
A.J. (Andrew Jackson) overnight to
meet more people and learn about
other services in more detail.
Sr. Debra Ann (L) helps Sr.
Robbie (R) unload the supplies at
the CAP offices in Mt. Vernon, KY.
We are making plans to continue with
the Home Mission Projects. Our next
trip will be in the fall at which time we
will be taking supplies for the elderly
and disabled in what they call
Compassionate Baskets. Our long
term goal is to serve there in mini
missions of three weeks at a time.
|We have been asked to make it known that they are in need of nurses to serve in their summer camp. They
serve about 75 children each week for six weeks ages 7-15. Room and board is free. You can choose how
many weeks you can serve. Even if only for one week that is helpful.
Contact, Christian Appalachian Project, Volunteer program, 1-606-256-0973 or 1-800-755-5322.
During vocation week in January Sr. Marissa and Miriam
went to Owensboro Catholic Middle School to talk about
the different vocations--single life, religious life, and
married life. They showed a PowerPoint about our life
and our missions. They told their vocation stories. Then
the students were invited to ask questions. At the end of
the class each student was given a holy card and asked to
write prayer intentions which we pray for during the
Liturgy of the Hours.
Sr. Marissa and Miriam visited Julie Renshaw’s 8th grade
classes to talk about vocations during vocation week.
In January the Sisters of the Lamb of God
welcomed Nancy Martinez to start her candidacy.
It is a period of 6 months in which a person
participates in the sisters’ life and discerns if it is
for her. The sisters also look at the candidate to
see if she has a vocation to the religious life.
|Nancy Martinez, our new candidate, takes
Nancy came from North Carolina; however, she
lived in Argentina for 10 years. Her father is from
Spain and her mother is from Argentina, so Nancy
is fluent in Spanish. Nancy is learning all the
wonderful things about our order. She is learning
about our founder Fr. René de la Chevasnerie, the
scriptures, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Thérèse of
the Child Jesus, and how to pray the Liturgy of the
Hours. She is quite adaptable to the community.
She volunteers in the soup kitchen at the Pitino
Shelter twice a week, and enjoys meeting the
people they serve and being around the other
On the eve of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of
the Lord, our postulant, Miriam Kavanagh entered the
novitiate. This two-year period of formation is
considered an intense “school of prayer”, where one
studies our constitution, church documents, scripture,
and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
She will deepen her commitment and attachment to
Miriam receives a wooden crucifix on a cord to
wear throughout her novitiate. The wooden crucifix
represents humility. Sr. Claire Marie (L), Miriam,
Sr. Audrey Mary (R)
A thanksgiving Mass was celebrated the
following day on the Solemnity of the
Annunciation of the Lord in our chapel,
and was celebrated by Father Brandon
Williams, associate pastor of St. Stephen
Fr. Brandon Williams blesses the
|I had a great time with all of the youths at El Manantial,
but I had a blast with Mayra, Alma, and Teresa.
During the month of December, the congregation allowed me
to visit our mission in Juarez. It was my first time abroad; I
knew less than 50 words of Spanish, but I was guided by the
Holy Spirit to visit this indescribable place of beauty.
My only experience with our mission was through pictures,
but I knew I was truly there when I heard the bah of the
|Sr. Lisa Marie feeds the lambs at El Manantial,
where they also have many rabbits and chickens.
Despite my lack of Spanish or the culture, I was not
nervous when I met the people we serve at El Manantial
because Christ’s light was so bright that any fear I had
melted before it could even arise.
|Sr. Mary Carmen and Sr. Lisa Marie help a young girl
break the piñata at a Christmas party.
One of the youths at El Manantial who speaks better
English than I do Spanish, and who gave me a blessing at
the end of the day said, “I love you.” I said, “I love you
too.” She said, “No, I love you for you.” This is the love
of Christ, a pure love of a stranger.
I was blessed to be able to keep a blog of my experience
called When In Juarez.
|WORKING BEYOND THE KITCHEN
Hello! I am Sr. Deborah Lynn. I am a temporary professed
sister who came to the congregation after my retirement from
a major telephone company. I have been with the sisters for
nine years and hope to make perpetual vows next year.
I have been working part-time at Bishop Soenneker Home, a
Catholic personal care home in Knottsville, KY for over 7
years. It is like no other work I’ve done—because of the
people. The residents are old and young with age-related, or
emotional and mental issues, or some with physical
disabilities. The people come and go, but some have stayed a
long time, and there is a strong sense of family, looking out
for one another.
|Sr. Deborah Lynn’s duties in the kitchen are uplifting
beyond the kitchen.
I help in the kitchen but my job also and, maybe more
importantly, extends to interacting with the residents,
some of whom have few people to visit them. Jesus is in
the tabernacle in the chapel, but also very much in these
people and it is a joy to work for them, and to be with
|THE MEAL AFTER THE
After almost every 8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass,
Sr. Mary Agnes helps a group of women
prepare meals for homebound neighbors.
The opportunity to serve in this way arose
when Mary Wink, co-owner of Odelia’s
Catering, did not want the food from the
previous day’s event to go to waste, so she
rounded up members of the church to help her
package the food. Sr. Mary Agnes enjoys
seeing all of the people when they deliver the
food, some are old friends and some become
“They are very happy about it, they
appreciate it very much.”
|Sr. Mary Agnes’ bright smile and wonderful
laughter bring joy to all she meets while
delivering food to the homebound.
In our spirituality, “We fan into a flame the gift
that God gave us.” That is God’s will for each of
us. God‘s flame is the Holy Spirit in each of us.
He lets us recognize his gift through the world
around us: in nature, through our families, through
our sisters and many others who we meet each and
We pray every day and during our prayers we let
God speak to us by reading Scripture, by studying
Scripture, and then by applying what we have
learned in our lives. This takes time but it is a time
well spent. As Father Tony Jones, the pastor of
our home church The Immaculate said in a recent
homily we must be open to the Word of God in
every situation. That is what our faith calls us to
be. If we are not open then we cannot “hear” what
God has to say to us. At the heart of our activities
and encounters, we want to look for and to listen
for God in ALL things.
The seagull who eagerly waited atop the smoke stack
to find out who would be the next pope reminds us
that it is in the little things we must also look for God.
|We thank all of our benefactors for your donations
to aid our mission works and formation program.
We pray daily for your intentions.
Mission statement: We, the Sisters of the Lamb of God, are an inclusive religious congregation
regardless of social background, culture, or physical health. In our various apostolates, we strive to
build community as a witness to the Kingdom of God where there is a place for everyone.