Collaboration, a positive endeavor between two Augustinian communities resulted in St. Monica’s addition of two Sisters joining their staff. Sr. Gregoria, the former Mother General of the Holy Spirit Community, approached Sr. Rita-Maria, the Mother General of the Sisters of St. Rita, both are German-based communities with their Motherhouse in Germany. Sr. Gregoria, with St. Monica’s in mind, approached Sr. Rita-Maria with the idea of having two Sisters from India come and work at St. Monica’s Memory Wing. This request was met with enthusiasm. As a result, Sr. Vineeta and Sr. Karuna are now part of St. Monica’s Senior Living staff and make their home with the Sisters of St. Rita.
Both Sisters are from Kerala, India, an area in Southern India, where their families still reside. They both are trained nurses who previously worked in the rustic parts of India where there were no doctors or medical facilities. Sr. Vineeta and Sr. Karuna both speak English and many tribal dialects of India. They are part of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, an Augustinian Order. They were approached by the Holy Spirit Community to relocate to Racine. After prayer and contemplation, they agreed and made the long journey to the United States. Once they landed in Chicago, they were welcomed to Wisconsin by snow covered fields and trees. When asked how they liked the snow, their eyes filled with wonder and they commented, “it is very beautiful, but it is too cold.” Both Sisters are adjusting to US culture and looking forward to working as Certified Nursing Assistant’s in St. Monica’s Memory Care Wing.
Loretta Baxter, St. Monica’s Administrator had this to say, “Sr. Vineeta and Sr. Karuna have made their presence felt throughout our community, these Sisters are filled with joy and vitality; they are already part of our family.”