I updated the bulletin #4 of “Walking Together” in our website.
For the person who is suitable to read in English than in Japanese, I also placed the English manuscript of a letter form Mrs.Egbulem.
The following is the letter.
(Mrs.Egbulem studied at OLG schools in Lunsar, Sierra Leone, in her young days. She was not only a schoolgirl of Sr. Leticia Negishi, but also lived together Sr. Leticia as a co-worker at a convent then.
Mrs. Egbulem lives in the USA now, and she continues with the support activity for Sierra Leone. This memorial piece was sent off for the Sr. Leticia’s memorial service.)
REMEMBERING SR. LETECIA NEGISHI
By: Mrs Egbulem (Bernadette F. Bangura)
DURING THE POPE’S HOMILY ON All Saints’ day at a special Mass in memory of all the Cardinals and Bishops that passed away during the year, he said: “The deceased bishops and cardinals have already met God, and Catholics should always be ready for that encounter. We do not know the date, but that encounter will take place and let us pray for ourselves that the Lord prepares us for this encounter.” Our dear Sister Letecia is now with God in heaven playing the piano, praying and interceding for all of us here on earth. These were the three characteristics of this missionary nun.
I knew Sisiter Letecia since 1979 when my dad started teaching at the Secondary School. I was also privileged to be her student: praying together at the Legion of Mary meetings, singing in the choir, and more so spent a number of years with her at the convent. She was an exemplary missionary. She lived a life of simplicity and joy as taught by her Foundress, Maria Ines Teresa Arias. During her missionary work here in Lunsar, Sister Letecia worked tirelessly to ensure that the children of Lunsar have clean drinking water, had good meal at school, and plenty of scholarships so no child is left behind without an education. “If it is not for the souls, life is not worth living”. Nuestra Madra.
I am so privileged to have lived much of my life with this devout missionary. She taught me that life is not all about money but doing the little things, and giving back to others. Sister Letecia kept her light burning and shining throughout her life. She always had her students in mind. Even as she was lying at her hospital bed in Japan, she was always telling me when I called her: “Bernadette, pray that I start walking soon. I want to go back to Lunsar. Tell my girls to pray so I get well soon.” That’s the mind of a true missionary. Not even illness or pain would stop her from carrying on missionary work.
The Bible says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who carry the good news of salvation, who proclaims the reign of God and its peace”. Our Parish has been blessed throughout the years with saintly missionaries like Fr Stephani, Fr Peter, Sr. Rose Mary, Fr. Anthony, etc. All of these are now in the presence of God interceding for us all. May their prayers and fellowship with God be our guiding light here on earth and in our parish of St. Peter Claver’s, Lunsar.
As we celebrate Sister Letecia’s life, may we remember to keep our light shining bright in our various works of life and may we always learn to give back no matter how little, for to those whom much is given, more is expected. May God bless the Clarissan Missionary Sisters and other missionaries all over the world.
“How beautiful upon the mountain are the feet of those who carry good news of salvation, who proclaim the reign of God and its peace.” May God bless our parish with abundant vocations. Amen