South Sudan

Ministry unfolding in Yambio

Children’s Trauma Healing


In recent months, Srs. Bakhita Francis and Mary Paropet have been going to Nzara, Bakhita’s home village, to help the Comboni Sisters working with the orphan children taking sessions on art therapy for trauma healing and identifying problems through drawing. 

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Our New Mission in Yambio, Western Equatoria State

Srs. Bakhita Francis and Mary Paropet arrived in Yambio the first week of March 2013. After several weeks spent setting up their MFIC home with the help of Sr. Danielle Julien, this beginning phase concluded with the First Mass and Blessing of the house on May 6th, the feast of Elizabeth Hayes.

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Visit to South Sudan, September 2012

From September 4 to 27, 2012, Sr. Jeanette Gaudet and Sr. Danielle Julien visited Juba and Yambio in South Sudan.  In Juba we stayed at the Generalate of the Sacred Heart Sisters, and in Yambio we stayed at the Solidarity Teachers Training Centre.

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Insights on life and ministry in South Sudan

A beautiful personal reflection written by Sr Elizabeth (Betty) Rya, volunteer with Solidarity with South Sudan.  Her text gives an excellent picture of life and ministry in South Sudan and helps us connect with the reality of the people and the missionaries there.

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Jeanette and Elaine in South Sudan and Uganda, early 2012

Elaine and I traveled to South Sudan and then on Uganda right after Christmas 2011 to facilitate the General Chapter of the Sacred Heart Sisters, which was a graced experience for us all.  Thirty two delegates gathered in the Alokolum Nation Seminary in Gulu, northern Uganda for three weeks. 

As our friendship with the sisters in South Sudan has deepened over the past 5 years, we jokingly refer to ourselves when with them as the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart and they as the Sacred Heart Sisters of St. Francis.  No doubt that our circles of communion have certainly enlarged to embrace each other. Being at the General Chapter of another congregation is an invitation to really enter into their lives.

Having only recently come from our own General Chapter, we facilitated this discernment chapter in ways somewhat similar to our own with daily Gospel based faith sharing and dialogue groups.  Of course in the lovely climate of Northern Uganda much of the sharing could take place outside under the trees. 

Sr. Mary Daniel, the superior general was re-elected along with two or the former councilors, Srs. Martha and Agnes.  The two new councilors are Srs. Mary Faida and Helen Doru.  We are encouraged in our solidarity with them and look to further ways of collaboration.