Today is Sept. 1. For the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, this is a big day-Belize Foundation Day! When Mike Oliver, SJ, realized he needed the help of more sisters, Jim Short, SJ contacted the SCN Superior General, Barbara Thomas. As a result, 45 years ago, in 1975, Sr. Mary Lynn Fields, SCN began ministry at Sacred Heart Parish in Dangriga.
Over the years, Sisters of Charity came from the United States and India to serve in health care, education, lay ministry formation, social work, and service to the church. There have been missions in Punta Gorda and San Antonio in the Toledo district; San Ignacio, Belmopan, and Las Flores in the Cayo district; Belize City in the Belize district, and Independence in the Stann Creek district.
Today, Higinia Bol, SCN, continues the mission at St. Peter Claver parish in Punta Gorda, and Beverly Hoffman, SCN, serves at The Inspiration Center in Belize City. Carlette Gentle, SCN, founded and continues LIFE (Living Independently in Full Existence), serving the elderly in the south side of Belize City. Our Belizean SCNs, Amina Bejos, and Barbara Flores, minister now in the United States.
We are grateful that many inspiring SCN Lay Associates continue to spread the charism of Charity today, in Stann Creek, Cayo, and Belize districts. We are happy to celebrate this milestone of 45 years with the people of Belize! We thank God for this day!