Learn from Each Other
One Year Since Katrina
ST. CATHARINE, KY August 28th, 2006, marked the one year anniversary
of when the anguish of Hurricane Katrina ravished and destroyed
parts of New Orleans. For many people, like the Eucharistic Missionaries
of New Orleans, this is a date they will never forget, for it
left their lives unsettled and full of uncertainty. It is indeed
an important date that will not soon be forgotten. However, for
the St. Catharine Dominican Sisters, it is the day when they warmly
opened their arms and welcomed other Dominican Sisters into their
home and became one.
August 28th, 2005, 22 Eucharistic Missionary sisters from New
Orleans came to St. Catharine Motherhouse for temporary refuge
from Hurricane Katrina. Fifteen now call it their home.
A home can mean many different things. To some, it is simply a
shelter over our heads, but for the St. Catharine Dominicans sisters
and the Eucharistic Missionary sisters, it is a place full of
friendships, security, good conversation, common bonds, and growth.
Since the Eucharistic Missionaries arrived a year ago, the sisters
share meals together, pray together, attend seminars together,
share scripture together and volunteer together. “Now that
they have been here a year it feels like they belong and have
always been here with us,” said Sister Grace Simms. During
the year, many celebrations with the two communities have taken
place. Each community has introduced the other to a unique and
traditional celebration. The Eucharistic Missionary sisters threw
a Mardi Gras Celebration for the sisters and the St. Catharine
sisters threw a Derby Party. “The Mardi Gras Party was a
binding force for me. Even though they had been through so much,
they worked so hard to make the celebration a grand time for everyone.”
With two communities living under one roof, one would think many
changes and adjustments would have to be made, both for the St.
Catharine sisters and the Eucharistic Missionary sisters. Sister
Dorothy Trosclaire, President of the Eucharistic Missionaries
said, “Living in a large community as compared to living
with two other sisters has been a change. It has taken some adjustment
on my part.” “I had to adjust to not having guest
rooms across from me, bit it is nice to have such good neighbors
living near me,” said Elaine DesRosiers. Minor changes have
been made by both communities, but after talking with the sisters,
having more names to remember seems to be the biggest adjustment!
an anniversary brings about the notion to look at the future.
For many of the Eucharistic Missionary sisters, the future is
un-foreseen. The sisters are scattered in several states and the
frequent gatherings are no longer possible. However, their ministries
continue despite Katrina. Some of the ministries include pastoral
care, volunteer, spiritual direction, and social work. Many of
the sisters live and minister in a city where life is hard. “They
try to bring the hope of Christ to those they meet while they
try to cope with changes in their own life,” said Sister
A year can be comprised of many things, but for the Eucharistic
Missionaries and the St. Catharine Dominican sisters, this particular
year was comprised of enlightenment. “What amazes me is
the continuing generosity of the sisters. They have patiently
understood our working our way through shock, emptiness, disbelief,
homesickness, and the other emotions which Katrina evoked,”
said Sister Jeanne Moore, Vice President of the Eucharistic Missionaries.
Kentucky Communications Coordinator
| On August
28th, 2005, 22 Eucharistic Missionary sisters from New Orleans came
to St. Catharine Motherhouse for temporary refuge from Hurricane
Katrina. Fifteen now call it their home.
Each community has introduced the other to a unique and traditional