the newsletter of the Sisters of the Lamb of God
This was written by Sister Debra Ann when she
became a postulant on August 15, 2003. Prior to
that she had finished her 6-month visit/Candidacy.
At that time she wrote a reflection of her time she
spent in the formation house and what she had
|“You look at others, not as they are, but as they will become
-Fr. René de la Chevasnerie
I have learned a lot just by watching and then
trying to live what the other sisters do. Sometimes
it is not easy to do. Sometimes I want to say
something but I am learning not to say it. I guess I
am learning to be a little humble. However, the
sisters here make it easy as they are easy to get
along with. The sisters here have a very good sense
of humor. When I first came here I thought I had to
be very prim and proper. I wouldn’t be able to be
myself. I have learned differently. I have learned I
can be me and be accepted just for who I am, ME!
One thing I have seen is no one here holds grudges
against anyone else. If someone gets upset it is
done and then it is over with. It is as if nothing ever
happened! Everyone treats everyone else with
respect for each other. It is wonderful to see. It is
humility in action, if I interpret this correctly. Each
one in the community honestly loves each other.
They really care for each other. They all help each
other when needed.
My thoughts on entering the postulancy? I
finished my candidacy on March 31. I really would
have liked to stay and continue but that was not
possible. I went back home to Colorado to work at
Choice Hotels International.
The last 2 weeks of work were the hardest because
I knew I was going to go back to Kentucky and to
leave my friends at Choice. I had worked there for
14 years. But I also knew that in Kentucky was
where my heart was, where the Sisters of the Lamb
of God were, where Jesus was waiting for me.
I was coming home. I am now home in Kentucky
where I belong.
|We are happy to announce that Sister
Debra Ann will made her final vows
June 24, 2012 at The Immaculate
Catholic Church. Congratulations Sr.
Debra Ann! We have many videos and
pictures of this most blessed event on
our website and Facebook page.
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 said, “We look at others not as they
are but as they will become one day.” “Father, may they be one in me as I am in
This is our Mission Statement. This describes who we are.
Our Motherhouse in Brest, France is called Ker Jean. In English it means House of John. This is named
for John the Baptist who first proclaimed Jesus as the Lamb of God. This is where we were founded by
Fr. René de la Chevasnerie in 1945.
|QUOTES FROM OUR RULE OF LIFE
Our Rule of Life is the Constitution of the Congregation of the
Sisters of the Lamb of God in which our mission, charism, and
spirituality are outlined.
Fr. René de la Chevasnerie,
|“The missionary spirit? But it is for all of you, indeed. Each one
of you must have the missionary spirit.”
-Fr. René de la Chevasnerie
“Enriched by our diversities, accepting our differences, we count
on God’s grace to make meaningful the living together of sisters
with disabilities and healthy ones. By this we want to signify
that the Kingdom of God is in the process of being born.”
“Society presents an aspect of power and weakness. There are an increasing number of poor,
marginalized persons, ill-equipped to find their place in society. Because of our life together—healthy
sisters and sisters with disabilities—we are sensitive to these realities. We are challenged to seek
information, to receive formation, to commit ourselves to concrete actions, sometimes in collective
structures, taking into account the poverty of the situation.”
Our order is starting a development program to raise funds to promote us in and outside of the
Owensboro area. There have been 4 candidates enter in the last 12 years. We do have a website but
we would like to update it to attract more women to our order. There are 9 sisters in the United
States, one is in Lansing, MI and the rest are in Owensboro, KY. We have a mission in Juarez, MX
with 2 sisters serving there and a mission in Efok, Cameroon. There are 3 sisters serving there.
At each of our communities we are a presence to the people who are marginalized by society. These
people didn’t ask to be marginalized; they were either born with a handicap or were born into
poverty. We help those who are lonely, elderly, young, and those who are in need.
We need to start a retirement program so that we can provide for our sisters as they get older. At this
time we are receiving a grant from the National Religious Retirement Organization but that could be
terminated in 7 years. So that means that we need to start a retirement program for our sisters future
needs to keep our sisters at home for as long as possible. That might include help from Home Health
Care, or needed medical equipment.
Our mission in Efok, Cameroon
provides help for women with child
care, home management, or health
care. Our sisters help those who are
marginalized by society. Our sisters
work in parishes with religious
education for children and for
adults. We also have a formation
program there for new members.
In our mission in Juarez, Mexico we have built a
home for people with disabilities. The center was
built to provide life skills for our people. We have
recently hired a young person with a special
education degree. She will oversee the education
program and provide speech therapy not only for
our own youth but for those on the outside as
well. We provide opportunities for the people to
learn about raising and caring for plants and animals
to sell. This benefits the whole local community.
Sr. Lisa Marie enjoys spending time with some of
the child at our Juarez mission.
A few businesses donated a large sum of money for our
Bank of Medicine. We buy the medications from the
pharmacy at full price with the donations and then sell
the medicine at a lower price and the money then goes in
the Medicine Bank account. This makes it possible for
our people to have the medication for seizures they
could not otherwise afford. Our center is the central
point of the community, not just for the youth with
disabilities but for their families and for their needs.
We have updated our website to attract more vocations
to our order, and we have started a Facebook page. We
invite you to like our page and follow our events and
adventures. We are also reaching out to other diocese to
make ourselves known.
You may decide on where your donation will go and we will put it in the one you would
like. Any amount is appreciated. Your donation is tax deductible.
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