Recently, I travelled to Haiti to monitor our ministry projects there, but more importantly, I went to be there for a very special event with the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Vallier with whom I have lived for many years. Three of their young Sisters were completing 10 years of formation and making their perpetual profession as Sisters of St. Joseph. As we celebrated together, we shared many memories of events that happened during those years.
One of the most important for me occurred when they first entered the community. We were doing the dishes together, chatting and getting to know one another. They were discovering that I too was a Sister of St Joseph, that my community had been started in France by Father Jean-Pierre Médaille, just like theirs, and of course by "sis ti fi yo," the Kreyol for "6 young women" (this was followed by giggles and the recitation of their names).
At that moment, we were "ti fi" (young women) from very different cultures, languages and life experiences, gifted together to carry on over 300 years of grace and blessing in our Church... and so I invite you to rejoice and give thanks with me for Soeur Quequette Pierrot, Soeur Mimose Saintilbert, and Soeur Loudide Nelson, our newest Haitian daughters of Father Médaille, and the "sis ti fi yo" of our early foundations in France.
By Sr. Rosemary Fry