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Khush Amdeed! Welcome!

Posted on November 1, 2019, by Claudia Calzetta SL

From left, Meerab, Hira, Muskaan and Maribah hold candles given to them by Nasreen Daniel, far right, as Barbara Nicholas, via Zoom, led them all in a blessing as part of the Come and See program. (Photo courtesy of Nasreen Daniel)

Khush Amdeed! Welcome! These words spoken by Barbara Nicholas began a meaningful prayer service that welcomed four eager and confident women to Loretto’s first Come and See program — the first Come and See in Loretto’s history.

The Executive Committee and Forum members participated in this unique prayer service along with Nasreen Daniel, Maria Daniel, Samina Iqbal, Kathy Sullivan and me. All had the opportunity to sing both in English and Urdu and actively pray and communicate good wishes to Hira, Maribah, Meerab and Muskaan.

At one point in the prayer service, each person spoke about an object from nature that inspired her to seek good and deepen her personal love of God and others. This particular part of the prayer service allowed everyone present to learn about the aspirations these women have as they begin their journey toward discerning what is best for their lives.

At another point in the service, we read the words of Mary Ann Coyle: “Commitment is like a great adventure, and it is an adventure no matter how many persons have made it before us because we have never made the trip before, and the story of each one’s adventure is different.”

From left, Samina Iqbal, Meerab, Hira, Muskaan, Maribah and Nasreen Daniel participate in Loretto’s first Come and See program. (Photo courtesy of Nasreen Daniel)

It is truly a great adventure for all of Loretto as we accompany Hira, Maribah, Meerab and Muskaan. We all promised prayers, support and love as they begin a program that provides them with information about Loretto’s history, the Church, sacraments, community and, most importantly, what commitment and vowed life mean in Loretto.

We asked Hira, Maribah, Meerab and Muskaan for updates about each one’s special journey so that we can share them with the entire Loretto Community.

At the end of the simple ceremony, Barbara Nicholas led us all in a blessing as Nasreen handed each woman a candle.

‘Receive this light of Loretto as you pursue the God that we share. Father Charles Nerinckx said, “We don’t know what the future will bring us”; now the future has brought you to us.’

“Receive this light of Loretto as you pursue the God that we share. Father Charles Nerinckx said, ‘We don’t know what the future will bring us’; now the future has brought you to us.”

We ended the prayer service singing, “We give you glory, thanks and praise!” Truly history in the making.

Claudia Calzetta SL

Claudia Calzetta SL

Claudia (she/her) is a Sister of Loretto and has spent many years in varied forms of education — teacher, administrator and campus minister at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She also spent six years as the Loretto Volunteer part-time coordinator in St. Louis. Claudia retired for approximately one year and recently has returned to this position. She loves gardening, traveling and baking French tarts and pies. She raises funds for Annunciation House in El Paso by selling her delicious desserts. Contact Claudia for more info.
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