Today is a day of many celebrations here at the Motherhouse! The pastor, Father Heinz-Gunter is celebrating his 40th Jubilee as a priest. He is also a Franciscan who is full of joy and enthusiasm... If only we could understand his homilies! The Mass this morning was very beautiful. The boys who live at the school here on the Motherhouse grounds were also at Mass, did readings, presented the gifts and interacted with Father during the homily. The choir sang beautifully, with three men employees of the school adding a very rich lower register!
After Mass was a formal presentation of gifts and reception for Father. Some of his family was there as well.
Today is also the nameday of the house Superior here - Schwester M. Ingrid, so everything has been very nice in the refectory for meals and we will have a special afternoon coffee with her at 3pm. One of the special things they put out today for lunch was water. Maybe they do this on all Sundays. I didn't think to ask. Otherwise, they eat lunch without beverages. It is an interesting cultural difference.
After lunch, Sister M. Alexandra and I had the opportunity to each pray in the adoration chapel at the Motherhouse to fill in for a Sister who needed a replacement. It was a special gift to be able to do this on our first Sunday here. I snuck of picture of Sister M. Alexandra (kneeling on the right) when she went up to pray. We are able to pray in the chapel at any time, but it is a special thing to be at the kneelers.
Also, the Indonesian Sisters arrived yesterday as well as Sister M. Daniele from Japan. We look forward to our time together. I have also included a picture of their arrival.
Finally, to quickly answer a question: Each province of our Congregation has a slightly different habit. They are all black, grey or white. Black is usually our formal color. Most of the difference depend on climate or apostolate. For instance, nurses wear white in all provinces, I believe. Someone asked a question about the German Sisters' habit. Their veils have been modified in the last two years, so you may have seen some older pictures which caused some confusion.
Thank you for all of your questions. I may not be able to answer them all, but hopefully we can get to some in the coming days. God bless you!