Purpose of the Congregational JPIC Team:
As Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, our congregation is committed to heeding the call of the Spirit to “Go forth. Be a blessing in the heart of the world.” We recognize that caring for the poor and vulnerable, working for peace with justice, and treasuring the oneness of all creation are ways that we can respond to “the cry of the poor and the cry of the Earth.” (Pope Francis: Laudato Si) Through our congregational team we seek to coordinate our efforts and to share these endeavors with each other. May all who come to this web site be inspired to be a presence of blessing in our world.
2016-2021 FCJM Congregational JPIC Team:
Germany: Sr. Alexandra Völzke
France: Sr. Françoise Weber
United States: Sr. Beatrice Hernandez
Netherlands: Mirjam Wolthuis
Indonesia: Sr. Klementina Sinaga
East Timor: Sr. Maria José Gonzaga
Brazil: Sr. Raimunda Barbosa
Malawi: Sr. Raynelda Saragih
Romania: Sr. Lydia Fecheta
Congregational JPIC Coordinator: Sr. Beatrice Hernandez
Sr. Alexandra Völzke is physician in a group practice in Salzkotten and thus familiar with the diverse needs of sick, poor and elderly people. She knows well the joys and sorrows of young families as well as the many refugees who come to start new lives in Salzkotten. Since June 2017, she is also Coordinator of a Spirituality Center in the Salzkotten motherhouse, in which JPIC topics are widely spoken of and further developed with people of all ages.
Sr. Françoise Weber in France counsels recently released prisoners. She also has meetings with her Sisters at the Portiuncula 2 to 3 times a year. Topics discussed are the problems of water in the world, Pollution in the Moselle River, Climate Change, Bio-diversity and Women. Sr. Francoise is listed as a contributor to the popular Water Booklet of the JPIC Promoters in Rome.
Sr. Beatrice Hernandez is a retired physician, serving in the specialty of Hematology and Oncology for over 25 years. She has been a member of the US Province's JPIC team since 1981 with special interest in nuclear disarmament, peacemaking, justice for Cental America, and AIDS both in the US and Africa. She is presently the US Province and FCJM Congregational JPIC Coordinator.
Mirjam Wolthuis is married and has 2 adult children presently at university. She has been working with our Sisters in the Netherlands for about a year. She has a masters’ degree in theology from the University of Nijmegen and then set up a center in women’s studies, where she worked for a time. She has been politically involved for many years in the anti-nuclear movement and in feminist theology. She has also worked as a minister in an ecumenical parish in Amsterdam for 20 years, where she continues to be involved as part of the staff. It was one of the largest churches in the Netherlands for the renewal of liturgy after Vatican II. This parish promotes the strong link between contemplation and action.
Sr. Klementina Sinaga addition to serving as treasurer for a Catholic institution in Indonesia for 9 years, Sr. Klementina has taught in junior high school and as headmaster at an elementary school, both in Indonesia. She served in East Timor from 1998-2002, which included the turbulent years between 1999-2002 when East Timor gained its independence from Indonesia, amid great civil upheaval and struggle. While there, she worked in cooperation with the CCF (Christian Children’s Fund), caring for the many orphans that resulted from the violence. After returning to Indonesia, Sr. Klementina worked with physically disabled children in Gunungsitoli Nias. She presently serves on the Indonesian JPIC team as well as on the congregational JPIC team.
Sr. Maria José Pinto Gonzaga teaches moral and spiritual lessons at a high school in East Timor. This provides her with opportunities to discuss JPIC issues. She helps care for the children in the orphanage and collaborates with the Timorese Child Protection Commission to help the child-victims of sexual abuse.
Sr. Raimunda Barbosa Alvesentered our religious congregation in 1992. Sr. Raimunda has her bachelor’s Degree in Portuguese language studies, and then had further courses in religious studies. She also received a master’s degree in Franciscan Spirituality from the Antonianum University in Rome, Italy. She presently teaches religion and Spanish in high school in Santarem, Brazil. She has also been actively involved in youth ministry for the diocese of Santarem. Both teaching and youth ministry have given S Raimunda the opportunity to inform and involve teenagers in social justice efforts that directly and indirectly affect their lives.
Sr. Raynelda Saragih is principal of a school of 1035 students in Malawi. She guides parents and students in encouraging peaceful behaviors. Students keep the environment clean and plant trees. They are taught agriculture and care for plants. HIV/AIDS children receive medications. Sr. Raynelda has involved the local communities in prayer and reflection around environmental concerns.
Sr. M. Lydia Fecheta is the community accountant as well as working in the Kindergarten St. Ursula -- a project for poor children in Caransebes. She also teaches religion classes for grades I-IV in the Roman Catholic parish of Caransebes, as well as coordinating regular meetings of a group of seniors in the parish. In all of these roles, S. Lydia has an opportunity to bring JPIC issues forward for discussion and action with both the seniors and the children.
The following are expectations for the members of the JPIC Team:
- To reflect on JPIC issues based on Scripture, our Franciscan Spirituality and Catholic Social Thought.
- To create a common understanding of justice, peace and care for creation.
- To promote a culture of life through our JPIC efforts.
- To share information, resources and experiences about JPIC concerns of each Area.
- To coordinate and work on some common concerns for the congregation.
- To be a means of personal support and networking for the Team
- To maintain communication with Area leadership and to find ways to keep community members informed and supportive of JPIC efforts.