News from South Sudan: While the situation in South Sudan is getting worse in terms of security and violence, we received a nice letter from the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, remembering Sr. Veronica, killed in South Sudan one month ago.
“More then one month has passed since the death of our late and beloved Sr. Veronica. On behalf of all our sisters I would like to express our sincere thanks to all of you for your expressions of solidarity, condolence and prayerful support. In the midst of all the pain and helplessness we experienced great solidarity from all over the World. Our sisters from South Sudan/Ethiopia have tried to put in words what they and we would like to say to all those who have been with us during this time.
Please find their letter below.
(July, 9th) Today we “celebrate” the independence day of South Sudan, but the news we receive from there give us a big concerns. We trust and pray that the life and death of Sr. veronica – as the life’s of so many people in South Sudan – will become a seed for more lasting peace for its people.
Maria Theresia Hoernemann, Superior General of Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters”
Dear Excellencies, Major Superiors, Priests, Religious women and men, friends from near and far…,
Peace be with you!
It is the Grace of God which we have experienced very tangibly through all of you, that causes us to write this letter of Gratitude and to wish you PEACE.
Since the very night of the Pentecost Sunday, May 16, 2016, when our Sister Veronika Rackova, SSpS, was shot in Yei, South Sudan, through the very fight for her life both in Yei and Nairobi, her death on May 20, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, followed by farewell liturgies, and her burial in Lutaya Parish, Catholic Diocese of Yei, South Sudan on May 27, 2016 till now, we have been experiencing your comforting presence and strengthening assurance, that we are not left alone / have not been alone in our pain and our grief.
We wish to express our gratitude to all of you
– who have sent us messages of prayerful support
– for personally being there with Sr. Veronika and with us – in South Sudan, in Ethiopia and in Kenya, for visiting in the hospital,
– for praying with us, for all the Eucharistic celebrations offered, for showing directions, giving advice, contacting people concerned and for supporting us in many different ways.
Truly we have found many fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, many homes and shelters. The circle of communion has been widened…. and Sr. VERONIKA’s death has brought us together.
She is no longer with us… she has been laid to rest among the people she loved. We pray that her life and service, her commitment to Christ’s mission, her blood and her death will become the seed from where a new shoot of PEACE springs to the world, especially to the people of South Sudan. We believe that she will continue to work there… and intercede for all of us who are still at work in His vineyard… in the spirit of Jesus’ mission, “The Spirit of God has consecrated me to bring good news to the poor and to proclaim the year of God’s grace…” (cf. Lk 4, 18-19)
Dear friends, in the name of our congregation, Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, we, sisters in the Divine Presence Region of Ethiopia – South Sudan, express our hearty gratitude to all of you who have been journeying with us…
…through the shock of the terrifying news,
…through the fear and fight for the life of ONE of US,
…through the grief and pain of losing her,
…through the confusion of thoughts and the unanswered questions – WHY,
…through the struggle with legal policies and crossing the boarders,
…through the course of saying good bye to our sister
…through the process of recommitting ourselves to God’s mission in South Sudan.
The fact that you all have been there for us did not allow us to get broken…
but helped us to grow strong…
THANK YOU….That’s all we can say.
May the Spirit of Peace hover over us!
SSpS in the Region of Ethiopia and South Sudan