Sister Jihane Atallah | A Letter From Syria | ONE Magazine | CNEWA

After 10 years of war, including two years of economic crisis, almost all Syrian families are affected in one way or another, either by the loss of a family member or by emigration. Great suffering has ripped hearts that still bleed today. Amid so much suffering, my sisters and I faced a dead end: what to do to console those around us? Our first role has been to be present to them, to listen to the people quietly or sometimes to cry with them. Before these hopeless people, it has been very important for us to be a sign of hope. This disastrous situation has made our religious community a “Wall of Lamentations.” People come to us to cry — to cry for help — and to seek consolation. Our congregation, the Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne-Antide Thouret, was founded in Besançon, France, in 1799, and approved by Pope Pius VII in 1819. From the beginning of our congregational journey, our sisters have taken the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. We live in familial community; our style of life is built on charity, modesty and simplicity. Helping the poor is the main pillar of our mission.

Sister Jihane Atallah | A Letter From Syria | ONE Magazine | CNEWA

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