The summer marks a period of transition for both the RMC program and volunteers. It’s a time of saying goodbye to our volunteers as they prepare to move forward from their RMC experience and a time to begin preparations to welcome the new volunteers. Although goodbyes are never easy, especially when the RMC’s have become like family, there is still so much joy and beauty to be celebrated!
A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Emily’s year with RMC at the Closing Mass. This was an opportunity to thank Emily for sharing of herself so openly this year and to pray with her as she prepared to journey forward. It was a beautiful gathering of friends, family, Sisters, Associates, Supervisors and Co-workers who expressed their gratitude for Emily’s presence this year. Before the close of the Liturgy, Emily shared her reflection on her RMC experience with the congregation in which she spoke of the many gifts she received throughout the year. Here is a short excerpt from her reflection. You can read Emily’s full reflection by clicking on the file link, emilys_reflection.
“…I have lived simply and intentionally, reflecting on my life and my goals for my program. In doing so, I have chosen a new career path, learned more about my own abilities and limitations, and carried out the lessons my faith has taught me. By serving others for a year, I have become my most authentic self, a gift which I will never be able to repay the Redeemer Ministry Corps and the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer.”
After the Closing Liturgy, Emily participated in a three day debriefing retreat in which she was able to start processing her experience and prepare for life after RMC. On Thursday, July 27th we officially said goodbye by sending her off with the Sisters traditional handkerchief wave! Thank you Emily for a wonderful year and many blessings in your year ahead!
And just like that, preparations for a new beginning with our newest RMC member, Regina Scheller begins! Regina will be joining us August 20th, coming all the way from Germany! Please keep Regina in your thoughts and prays as she prepares for this new life journey. You can learn more about Regina here, http://hrmcorps.org/about/meet-the-201617-rmc/