the newsletter of the Sisters of the Lamb of God
CALLING FORTH GOD’S
Sister Audrey Mary and Sister Debra Ann went to
the 8th grade class of Mrs. Renshaw and the 7th
grade class of Mr. Mark Woodward at the Catholic
Middle school. It was vocation week there and we
gave a talk on different vocations.
We gave the students a life-saver of different
colors. They then broke up into groups according
to their colors and were asked to form a question
for us. After that we showed a short video about
vocations to the priesthood and religious life. We
had given them questions to think about as they
viewed the video.
We then told our own vocation stories. After the
vocation stories we gave them an index cards to put
their intentions on them.
We told them that we would pray for them and we do.
We had a very good time with the students.
Sr. Debra Ann speaks to Mrs. Renshaw's class
about her vocation.
SISTER MARISSA’S VOWS
I made my first vows on Oct. 3, 2010. It was a
wonderful experience I’ll never forget. Excitement,
nervous, happy and amazement were some of the
emotions I was feeling that day. That day finally
arrived after four years of living with the sisters
and studying about religious life. My twin sisters
arrived Sunday morning and it was a joy to meet
my nephew and spend time with him.
The Mass was beautiful. Fr. Anthony Shonis gave
a meaningful homily about taking that next step in
faith by pronouncing my vows becoming a
Sr. Marissa Wick (l)
made her first vows on
October 3, 2010, and
renewed them the
following year. You
can read Sr. Marissa's
vocation story on our
Sisters Stories page.
It was an exciting, emotional moment professing
my vows and receiving the medallion of the
Lamb. The medallion belonged to a deceased
sister whom I was really close to and it was an
honor for it to be given to me. After Mass we
had a nice reception in the parish hall at
Immaculate Church. Later that evening my
parents hosted a cookout at the campsite where
they were staying.
The realization of needing to be detached from
what I do has become a big reality for me in the
last few months when I changed jobs and had to
give up one of my ministries. I’m learning to be
happy in spite of these changes.
Even though spiritual and religious life isn’t based on “feelings” I have an awareness of peace and happiness since I made
my first vows due to the fact that I’m now united with God in a profound way. I always keep the vows in mind as I live
my life day by day. I continue to pray for God’s help and strength to live my life as a consecrated religious and serve in
MISSION IN CAMEROON
Our mission in Cameroon is doing very well. In
the novitiate they have received 3 young ladies to
start their pre-postulancy. Two of the candidates
teach. One teaches about agriculture and the other
one teaches in an elementary school.
There have been a lot of changes in the last several
months. The first one is a new bishop, Bishop
Mgr. Sosthene. The ceremony lasted for 7 hours!
It started at 10 in the morning and ended at 5 p.m.
that evening. The new bishop brings in simplicity,
prayer and his friendliness. They also have a new
priest. We will miss the old priest as he was a
great help to us. Sister Mary Helen left here and
went back to France. She served here for 5 years
and will be missed.
During Christmas vacation we had 8 young ladies
for a weekend. Abbot Charles, our neighbor, gave a
talk on contemplation and adoration. The sessions
were on prayer. The girls appreciated this teaching
Sister Mireille continues to teach 4 hours a week of
religious education to college students. She continues her
ministry in her parish as well. She also helped to launch
more activities for the young people which started in
Sister Clemence continues to go several times a week to
the hospital where her visits are appreciated by the
|“Mary kept on giving her all. If you want to have
the courage to keep on during all of your life, the
means is to go to Jesus through Mary, and find
Jesus in Mary.”
-Fr. René de la Chevasnerie, SJ, founder
MISSION IN MEXICO
At the center, the rabbits are multiplying. We have
sold some of them to some people. We have also
killed some of our chickens. It is a great
opportunity for people to learn how to raise their
own food. We have a garden which provides us
with tomatoes, chili peppers, melons and a few
vegetables. The ground in the desert is difficult but
it does grow. Everything that gives life to the
property is very beneficial.
This past fall we were able to open up the therapy
pool to the handicapped people. It is a little
expensive but it is very beneficial but it is worth
In the community we have participated in a project to help youth to develop leadership skills. They will
create projects in the areas of theater, dance, gardening, cooking, art, and library skills. Each group is given
the same amount of money, which they will need to use for buying the materials required and also multiply
this money by doing fundraisers. Each group also selects a leader, president, secretary, and a treasurer. The
program lasts from November to June during which there will also be 4 expositions of their work with other
youth also participating in the program. There will also be mentors coming to talk about their life
The situation of violence in Juarez causes a lot of suffering around us, with many innocent people being
martyred. The economic situation has been more and more difficult. In spite of all this we have hope, even
though we don’t know when this situation will change.
We do not have a particular ministry. We do what is needed and what we are able to do. Some of us teach,
some of us are in health-care, some of us work in feeding others, some pray, some work outside; whatever
we are able to do. Whatever we do we are joyful. It gives us joy to be with others in the spirit of God. He
is our life.
MISSION IN LANSING
Sister Marlene lives in Lansing, MI. Her ministry
is helping with individuals who have mental
challenges. Their challenges are not severe enough
to live in a nursing home facility so they live at
Rainbow Center. It is a group of apartments where
the residents live together. They take care of their
own apartment with some help. 2 residents share
an apartment together. They fix their own
breakfast in their apartment but eat lunch and
supper at the community room. They have a small
garden which they grow vegetables and flowers. It
is a very nice place.
|“Jesus presented himself alive to the apostles by many proofs. He told them that
they will be witnesses to the people to the ends of the earth. After that he was
lifted up and a cloud took him from their sight.” (Acts 1:8-9)
“The angel said to the women in reply, ”Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking
Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.”
We wish you a happy Easter and that Christ will rise in your hearts every day. We
carry this joy in our hearts for the entire world especially for those in Haiti, Japan,
Libya and elsewhere.
We the Sisters of the Lamb of God, a religious community of healthy and physically disabled women, have as
our primary apostolate to build community. We want to witness to the kingdom of God where all persons live
as one regardless of health, culture, race or social background. This building of community is not limited to our
own religious community houses, but the gift we strive to bring into whatever ministry we work. As our
founder, Fr. René de la Chevasnerie, SJ, said, “We look at others not as they are but as they will become one
“Father, may they be one in me as I am in you.”