You Oughta Be in History, You’re a Unique Story
National Women’s History Month
by Sisters and Associates of the Sisters of the Holy Family
by: Lucille Hintze, SHF
I am a 21st century descendant of a ministry which was founded in 1872 by the Sisters of the Holy Family.
Our Sisters visited the sick, the shut-ins, and families who needed help of any kind. They listened, consoled, and sympathized with the persons they visited. This ministry was called “home visiting.” Now I do the very same thing, not by hopping in a car and driving to someone’s home, but by the use of technology. I write, make telephone calls, and send emails.
Each year that passes seems to bring different problems for all of us: family, financial, serious illnesses. We do need someone then with whom to share our concerns, confirm our right to make choices, to comfort, and to encourage. Therefore, I telephone and send caring, birthday, and anniversary cards now, also by email. It is possible to travel vast distances in less time than it takes to place a stamp on a letter.
Am I universal in my ministry? A world traveler? I am. Spain, Namibia, Guatemala, Malawi, and USA; all are destinations for my ministry.
Am I ecumenical? Yes, mostly Catholic, along with Christian, Methodist, Church of Christ, and Presbyterian. It is the person in need who counts.
With about 127 names on my list, I am sending over 1,000 letters a year. Naturally the Post Office often tries to sabotage my ministry by raising the postal rates.
We all need someone to listen at times and that is my ministry; to listen, to reaffirm, to sympathize, to comfort, to love, and to confirm God’s love for each and every one of us. My trademark signature is: God bless. Love, Sr. Lucille.
This is my ministry in the “here and now” in the 21st century and in my 89th year of life.