Leo returned home to Germany on January 10 after completing his short-term commitment with the RMC Program. His presence will be missed and we wish him all the best on his future endeavors. Leo reflects on his RMC experience, see below.
When I decided to be a RMC volunteer, I hardly had any idea what to expect here in America. I only knew that I would live in a convent and would work with older adults for most of the time. I had never been to America before, so I didn’t really have any expectations of what it would be like to live in America. I left Germany and got involved in something completely new, without really knowing what was coming and whether I would like it. But to this day I do not regret taking this step and I am proud of myself. I am very happy about my time here in Philly. I learned many new things and gained so much valuable experience. I have learned how to work with older people in need, and got to meet new people and open myself to them. I got to know what it’s like to work in a nursing home, and also in a hospital. I learned to live independently. I learned a foreign language better. I experienced what it is like to live a religious life and to live with sisters of faith who live under the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. I got to experience a new culture and its traditions, and explore new places and cities. Yes, I have experienced a whole new world for myself. And I also learned a new card game, Pinochle. I met so many nice people here who got close to my heart and I always felt very welcomed. I am very grateful for the sisters for this unique time and for their help in every way. I will always remember this time positively here and I am thankful to everyone who supported me.
-Leo served as Activities Assistant at St. Joseph Manor.