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I often think about Isa at the Loyola 2016 activities. Seeing her so radiant made me wonder, “What is this woman’s secret?” I was struck by her ever-present smile… and such serenity! It was clear she lived in the moment, deeply grateful, rooted in Life… in God…
Between activities we were able to speak a few times. She tirelessly asked others, “Hey, how about coming to Haiti?”
Isa, missionary, role model… someone who questions, and whose life proclaims that whoever loses his life will be saved…
It was an invitation I received some months ago, and was very eager to accept: Could I travel to Lebanon to spend time with our RJM of the Middle East for retreat and some days of reflection? Arrangements were made, schedules worked out, and I landed in Beirut on the evening of July 19th.
Our two Lebanese sisters, Nawal Abi Karam and Youmna Zaarour, hosted me and the five Syrian RJM from Damascus in their house on the grounds of Jesus-Mary School in Rabweh. For the first days of my stay, Sr. Helen Mary Haigh, Provincial of Europe, was with us.
The Class of 1967 held its 50th reunion on June 11th, 50 years to-the-day since graduation.
The students haven’t forgotten their teachers! Months ago they wrote and asked for contact information, so they could invite their teachers to join in the reunion.
Sharleen Soscia Rustici, the reunion coordinator writes:
The young woman in the photo is Suneeta Saleem. She is a Junior RJM and has recently passed, with honors, her studies for Masters in Finance. She was selected to represent her college, The University of Lahore, at a Research Symposium held in a University in Islamabad. Suneeta is from a family living in a Basti in Shadbagh, one of the most underdeveloped areas of Lahore. She is a graduate of the school we opened there in the early 90’s.
Once I was asked if I felt I had achieved anything worthwhile during my many years spent in Pakistan.