Associates of the Sisters of the Holy Cross are an extension of our Religious Family – women or men who meet at intervals:
For more information about the Associates contact:
Sr Elizabeth - email@example.com
Gap Year Challenge
Would you like to experience life with the Sisters of the Holy Cross in a developing Country?
Some students during their Gap Year have spent time with the Sisters. They often say it makes their gap year have meaning. It is not easy to live in another Culture, but if you are willing to be open to the challenge you come back enriched.
Experiences In India
The Holy Cross family was introduced to Alessandra, Sarah and I when we started Holy Cross School in New Malden in 2002. We were educated through Catholic values and teaching and learnt of the Holy Cross Sisters worldwide. After finishing University in September 2013 we travelled to North India- Uttar Praddesh, to witness the mission taking place in Kharibad and at the provincial house in Lucknow.
Whilst there Sister Sienna, the Head of the Kharibad Campus, welcomed us, we stayed for 3 weeks to learn and explore the great work of the Sisters. The campus comprised of the Bishop Conrad Memorial Hospital and Nursing School, nursing halls of residence, Holy Cross Convent, Holy Cross Chapel, St Francis Leprosy Centre, Jevan Joyti Community Centre and Jevan Jyoti Convent School.
Having studied Adult Nursing here in London, I was taken aback by how intense and structured the nursing training was in India. The nursing students were educated by the Sisters and their training covered the entire major branch of nursing – Adult, Paediatric, Psychiatric and Midwifery; unlike the UK where 3 years of training only covers 1 branch of nursing. The girls had tough schedules but they always had time to talk to us, they even helped us dress in saris and let us celebrate a festival with them. We were able to get a tour of the nursing school, which was quite impressive and it was the first time we saw the Holy Cross emblem outside of our school in New Malden. The poster work the girls produced by hand looked as if they were made by the computer, which they also had won awards for and trophies to show. The Sisters teaching at the nursing school were so proud of their students and were constantly praising their hard work. They should be proud of their students because they are a reflection of the hard work the Sisters put in, especially as there are only 6 teachers for the 250 students.
We also visited another school, Jeevan Jyoti Convent School meaning life and light. This was an English Medium Primary school which means they are taught in English. The school was an uplifting example of the difference education can make. We spent time here working with the children by teaching them songs and dances, and allowing them to be creative through an art and craft session we took. We created name badges and crowns with supplies we brought over which was so much fun, and the children showcased them during their Annual Programme that took place in November. The children were very polite and we so grateful for the education that they received.
We spent some time with Sister Consilia who worked at the Jeevan Jyoti Community Centre. She was able to show us the positive work taking place in the community in particular through the Polio and Tuberculosis prevention schemes. The Sisters enable volunteers with the resources to educate and vaccinate people in the surrounding villages, especially the young children. The polio prevention scheme in India has been a huge success, where India is a Polio free country, and we were able to celebrate that with the volunteers as we visited many local villages and joined in with award ceremonies. The people in the local villages were always so happy and gracious to meet us. They always insisted on sharing food with us and welcoming us into their home as though we were part of their family.
Jeevan Jyoti Community Centre also looks after 8 young girls, who had been abandoned as young children at Lucknow railway station. Girls are more likely than boys to be abandoned by their families in India, as they are seen as burdens especially when families need to pay dowries when a marriage occurs. The girls had been taken in by the Sisters and given a second chance in life. They have been educated and nurtured into beautiful bright young ladies, and we were so honoured to spend time with them.
If you are interested and would like more information please contact Sr Margaret - firstname.lastname@example.org
JUSTICE AND PEACE
Sisters are involved in the National Justice & peace Organisations - working collaboratively for the just treatment of peoples and the environment, both here in the UK and across the globe.
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