19, Feb

PNG Sister reflects on her IPA Assembly experience

Author: Admin

I was lucky to go with Antonia and Bernie to the International Presentation Association (IPA) Assembly in Newfoundland (Canada) in September 2012. It was my first time to leave PNG.

The gathering of over 70 sisters and associates came from many countries all over the world. The first day we had a ritual commemorating the arrival of the first four Irish sisters who sailed from Ireland to Newfoundland in 1833. It was a very significant day for us all, and Presentation history. I was affected emotionally as I listened to the letters of those early sisters who went from Galway to start the first Presentation community outside of Ireland. It helped all of us there to feel the spirit of unity in our Presentation family throughout the world.

I learnt a lot from hearing all the reports, plans and hopes from leaders and justice reps from so many countries, including our NGO Representative who works in the UN in New York.

On the way home I stayed in Port Moresby for a month with Sr Mary McCarthy. One of my activities there was to help each week at the Cheshire Home which takes care of 22 very badly disabled people. It was a challenging experience for me, especially the first day, because the residents are not able to help themselves but have carers who bath, clothe and feed them every day. I felt Nano would be glad that I had this time at this place. I wish we had a Cheshire Home in Aitape.

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Lawrencia

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