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Presentation Sisters bridging cultures: Nuns prepare for journey of a lifetime

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 16th, 2013

ABERDEEN — On January 11, three Aberdeen Presentation Sisters will fly from the wintery plains of South Dakota to the Zambian capital of Lusaka to begin the trip of a lifetime. Presentation Sisters from Ireland, India, New Zealand, the United States and Zambia serve in six missions in Zambia.

Sisters Pam Donelan, Janice Klein and Mary Thomas will be visiting and serving with two of these missions at Kalomo in the Southern Province and Kaoma in the Western Province.

Sisters Donelan, Klein and Thomas will spend five days visiting and ministering with Sister Deb Nelson at the Kalomo mission. The primary purpose of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry at Kalomo, Zambia, is to offer youth and young adults spiritual, educational, and life-skill building opportunities through mentoring, tutoring and computer education. For more information and photos of the Sisters’ mission at Kalomo, visit presentationsisters.org/ministry/kalomo-africa.php.

Sisters Donelan, Klein and Thomas will then journey west to the Kaoma Sustainability Project, where they will spend five days visiting and collaborating with Sister Virginia McCall. The primary purpose of Sister McCall’s ministry in Kaoma is to help the most vulnerable people become self-sustainable through education, farming, fishing and other projects designed to alleviate the root causes of poverty. For more information and photos of the mission at Kaoma, go to presentationsisters.org/min-istry/kaoma-africa.php.

As part of the Presentation People Bridging Cultures exchange, while Sisters Donelan, Klein and Thomas travel to Zambia, a native Zambian will live at the Presentation Sisters’ convent in Aberdeen. Sister Inonge Mooto was born and raised in Zambia, and is a member of the Union Presentation Sisters in Zambia. While living with the Presentation Sisters, she will be attending Presentation College to earn a psychology degree. As Presentation People, the Sisters continue to bridge cultures and make global connections.

Share in this journey of a lifetime by following the Presentation Sisters’ blog as they travel to Zambia from the Presentation Sisters’ website, presentationsisters.org.

For the complete article see the 01-15-2013 issue.

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