“Today Love Must Not Be Hidden…”
~ a reflection by Evarlyne Ndeti, MSC Novice
My first mission experience at Cabrini of Westchester was in 2018 when I was assigned to help Sister Romualda at the convent and to spend time with our resident Missionary Sisters. Going back to Dobbs Ferry this year brought more responsibilities. Not only did I spend time with the MSCs, I also extended my wings through different ministries within the St. Cabrini Nursing Home.
Our resident sisters reminded me that what I give doesn’t matter. Instead, what matters is how I give what I give. This gentle reminder helped me to love freely and assist all the residents from the bottom of my heart. Spreading the love of Christ with the residents of St. Cabrini Nursing Home was mutually beneficial.
Here is my overflowing cup of blessings I received through my volunteer experience:
1. Expanded my social connections – Getting to know and work with the staff, caregivers and volunteers were grace-filled moments. The connections I made will always remain meaningful.
2. Increased professional self-confidence – Getting to know the role of social workers in a nursing home not only increased my skills but also boosted my self-confidence when working with the clients.
3. A sense of purpose and trust – Smiles from the residents was a way of inviting me into their space. Chatting and laughing brought trust and purpose into our lives.
4. Spiritual growth and strengthened religious
journey – Praying the rosary with the sisters, especially the late Sr. Consolata Demma, MSC, was an awakening for me. Our rosary was at 2 pm to which we were faithful. Having this time taught me the importance of seeking Mary’s intercession. I interviewed our sisters and other religious – listening to their beautifully lived religious lives increased my desire to serve God and increased my admiration of this way of life.
5. – At the beginning of my Pastoral Care ministry, I had an encounter with one of the Charity Sisters congratulating me on the upgrade. We laughed and shared high fives. It was a blessing to bring Jesus to the residents and pray with them every day.
I am so grateful to Sr. Genet Henok, MSC, the Formation Team, Missionary Sisters Arlene Van Dusen and Catherine Garry and Cabrini of Westchester for giving me the opportunity of living, acting and [authentically] being with the residents and helping as much as I could. I loved every bit of the experience. ~ Evarlyne Ndeti, MSC novice