CMC to close in June after 24 Years of Service in the US and Overseas
Closing Mass and Celebration to be held June 18that Cabrini College
In a recent letter to Cabrini Sisters, Lay Missionaries, CEOs and Board Chairs, Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC, Stella Maris Provincial, and Council announced the closure of Cabrini Mission Corps, the lay mission program sponsored by the Province, after 24 years.
“The decision to end the program was made by the Stella Maris Provincial Council after careful discernment. The decision was made given the reality of the Province. Our mission sites are fewer as well as placements in community. This was not an easy decision, although we are confident it is the right action,” said Raccuglia.
She went on to say, “We are sincerely grateful for the ‘education of hearts’ that the CMC program has offered to many missioners and sisters, Cabrini ministry sites and all those they have served. Our hope is that the few months that remain can be a time of prayerful reflection on and reverence for all the program has offered over these many years. We want to thank Gina Scarpello, especially, for the good work in forming the hearts of these missioners for life; and Sr. Lucille Souza, MSC who launched the program, and all the other directors of this ministry.”
Gina Scarpello, CMC Director, will continue to work closely with the Province to ensure a graceful closure of the program that has meant so much to so many.
In a recent interview, Scarpello stated, “Overall the emotion is one of sadness, yet peace. The program has served its purpose well for almost a quarter century. 143 men and women have served as missionaries in the US and overseas, and each one has answered what they felt was call to serve in the spirit of Mother Cabrini. Wherever they were placed, for however long they served, they sought to be and were instruments of God’s love and mercy. The beauty of love and mercy is that once it flows out there, its effects are endless – it just flows and multiplies. We have a saying at CMC that “#missionneverends” – and even though the CMC program is coming to a close, the mission continues, and there is peace in knowing this.”
A Closing Mass and Celebration will take place on June 18, 2016 at Cabrini College