On Jan. 31, La Posada Providencia had the pleasure of welcoming Sister Serena Hong, CDP, who is from South Korea and who is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence. The Sisters of Divine Providence, also the community of Sisters Zita Telkamp and Margaret Mertens, is an international congregation of three provinces (Germany, United States-Caribbean, Korea).
Sister Serena stayed at La Posada for two weeks. During that time, she helped with the garden, spent time with the children (playing with them and hearing their stories), and enjoyed spending time with the clients as she shared chores with them in the kitchen. She also found time to help with activities for the Hands & Hearts fundraiser held
Feb. 2. Sister Serena, now back in South Korea, had cared for members of a local parish in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for nearly eleven years before returning to Korea. In particular, she attended to the basic needs of the elderly, from helping with feeding, to hospital visits, to even making home repairs.
Sister Dorothy Scesny, PBVM, Visits La Posada Providencia
On Feb. 7, Sister Dorothy Scesny, PBVM, visited and volunteered at La Posada. She is a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in New Windsor, NY and has been a member of the congregation for 56 years.
Sister Dorothy stayed for a couple of weeks, helping with ESL classes and with our young residents, the children. She proved to be a natural with the young ones. Before becoming a Sister, she was a preschool teacher. Sister Dorothy’s educational training combined with her loving and patient nature was a hit with everyone.
Currently Sister Dorothy works as a chaplain & mission director in a nursing home in Windsor. She heard about La Posada from a newsletter circulated by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) that encouraged Sisters to come to the border to help La Posada and others like us who are ministering to the vulnerable individuals affected by the migrant crisis. LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic Sisters in the United States.
Thank you Sisters Serena and Dorothy! Your loving and selfless service was and is an inspiration to all of us at La Posada.