Friday, May 13, 2016

Sisters of Life Hold up Dignity of Single Moms in 25-Year-old Ministry

Rohini Brijlall holds her three-month-old son Zakarya as Sister Mary Elizabeth, vicar general of the Sisters of Life, talks with the child May 4 at the religious community's Holy Respite residence in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Holy Respite serves as a home and support center for pregnant women in crisis and new mothers. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

By Beth Griffin
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK (CNS) — On a drizzly gray morning in early May, the bright kitchen at Visitation Mission on Manhattan’s East Side was filled with the sound of laughter and the inviting aromas of fresh-cut vegetables and baking cookies as postulants and novices of the Sisters of Life prepared food for themselves and their anticipated guests.

Visitation is the nerve center for the Sisters of Life’s material, emotional and spiritual outreach to pregnant women in crisis. The sisters help more than 900 women at the former convent each year, said Sister Magdalene, the congregation’s local superior.

The serious work of fulfilling the order’s vow to “protect and enhance the sacredness of human life” in all its messy contemporary circumstances is leavened by a joyful attitude nourished through communal prayer throughout the day.

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