Embracing Christ’s Mission
Holy Child Volunteers rejoice in God’s presence and embrace Christ’s mission and the mission of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, which is “to help others to believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world.”
Volunteers live with the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus in a home that is located about three miles from Batey Lecheria, the site of the mission. Each volunteer has his or her own room, which includes a bed, desk and chair, mosquito netting, fan, a wardrobe, and shelves. Volunteers share housekeeping responsibilities and take turns shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Sister Kathleen King, Yoselin Guzman, and Dominga Hernandez direct the medical clinic. Sister Mary Alice and Luz de la Cruz direct the school. These programs are supported by Sisters Anne Fianlong, Genevieve Ihenacho, and Loretto Okawarji, from Nigeria.
After arriving home from a day of work, the volunteers and sisters eat supper together. The meals are simple, and you can pick the menu when it’s your turn to cook. In fact, many of our volunteers have become experts at preparing Dominican dishes!
A variety of foods is available locally, including eggs, bread, cheese, ham, canned tuna, rice, beans, noodles, potatoes, lentils, as well as fresh vegetables, such as carrots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cabbage, onions, garlic, yucca, plantain, and yams. Fruits include pineapple, papaya, oranges, bananas, mangoes, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, melons, and more. Meat and other items can be purchased at large supermarkets, which are roughly a 30-minute drive from the residence.
Faith & Prayer
To keep our faith alive and to develop a deeper understanding of our experience, we reflect on the message of Christ through Gospel texts and other sources. We also share our insights and struggles and are strengthened by Christ’s message.
Twice a week, there is community prayer, which we take turns preparing. Once a week, community prayer includes conducting a “review of the week,” when one shares the gifts and grace she has received, the challenges faced, and how God has been present throughout. In addition to community prayer, several weekend retreats throughout the year help to fortify us spiritually.