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Education and Communion Province of USA

E eventTuesday, 26 January 2021

(Experience shared by Sister Gertrude)Given the few number of Sisters in the US Province, and the limited options to enter the formal field of education, when I arrived in the US, I converted an apparent limitation into an opportunity, seeing as a STRENGTH - the diversity of peoples and cultures among whom we live, the low income and the migrants and refugees, especially in the West Philadelphia neighborhood where the community resides and in Our Lady of Hope Parish, a poor section of Philadelphia which had 3 primary ethnic communities (AfricanAmerican, with a sprinkling of Caucasians as there was a ‘white flight of residents’ in the 60’s, the Hispanic Community and the Asians, primarily Filipino migrants who had migrated to the US) where I work as a Directress for Evangelization and Social Ministry, and today is expanded to 38 ethnic communities, as Directress for the Archdiocesan Office for the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees.

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