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Letter from our Sisters in Iraq
September 21, 2006
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Thanks be to the Lord for all His graces, especially for His
presence, that we felt deeply. [as we made our retreat September
1-8] The sisters passed these days peacefully, in spite of all
the difficulties of having a shortage in electricity…etc..
and being separated in three small different convents. So I
had to be present for each group, and move from one to another.
Our six days on the moutain of Tabor, praying and happy hearts
around the world, were crowned with a big celebration on 8th
Sep and witness in Renewal of Vows and Professions of our sisters.
It was indeed a wonderful day in the midst of so much anguish,
and a great witness and hope for the local church and for the
relatives of celebrating sisters, who came from different places:
Mosul, Kirkuk, and Baghdad and for us too.
Thanks be to God that the Sisters returned safely to their communities.
They feel surrounded by the prayers of their Dominican family.
We need your prayers to get courage and wisdom to know how to
live, how to minister, what word to preach in these days when
we, and our people are in such danger and country is torn apart
by this war. Really we need the Holy Spirit to guide us as we
discern what future directions we may take .
It seems that the conditions in Iraq, especially in Mosul, are
becoming worse and more dangerous after the speech of the Pope
at Regensburg University which caused a big shock for Muslims
and violent reactions against the Christians in Arab areas of
That is why we are thinking of buying another house, in another
village, to save the young sisters (novices and students ) from
living in such a risky situation. Also, we prefer to distribute
some older sisters to our communities in the villages. Thank
you for your generosity, your donations will help us to achieve
O Lord , our world and our country need a miracle of peace,
we pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
We are sure of your constant prayer for us, we depend on it.
Love and thanks from your sisters,
Sr. Maria Hanna, OP
Sr. Marie Therese
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