"Bring to all the smile of God."
~ Ma. Vincenza Minet, SSV
"Go and Invite"
“Missionaries, in fact – of whom Therese is patroness – are not only those who travel long distances, learn new languages, do good works, and are good at proclamation; no, a missionary is anyone who lives as an instrument of God's love where they are. Missionaries are those who do everything so that, through their witness, their prayer, their intercession, Jesus might pass by.” ~Pope Francis, June 2023
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"GO AND INVITE..."
January 25th Pope Francis released his message for World Mission Day 2024: "GO AND INVITE". Pope Francis generously asks that we casts our eyes on the Gospel parable of the Wedding Banquet to reflect on what the kings command to, “Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find” means in our world of today for every baptised Christian.
The Sisters of the Visitation as a Missionary Congregation dedicated to serving the needs of the ultra-poor in forgotten places in our world embrace Pope Francis' messageas they live out their Charism to "go with haste"in the spirit of the Magnificat! The Vatican News Release stated, "The Pope reflected on each of these words in turn. “Mission," he said, "is a tireless going out to all men and women, in order to invite them to encounter God and enter into communion with him", just as Jesus, 'the Good Shepherd and messenger of the Father, went out in search of the lost sheep'. The SSV Sisters are dedicated to bringing the love of Christ to those in need by helping to renew faith and hope in their local communities where they serve at fourteen mission sites around the world.
The Sisters of the Visitation Missionary Congregation charism is animated in service to the poor and marginalized through a wide range of ministries, including providing housing, education, healthcare, and social services. They work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of those in need and to bring hope and healing to communities living on the margins, affected by generational poverty.
Guardians of the Visitation mission trip to the SSV Mission Aid Bato, Borongan City, Eastern Samar, Philippines takes place in March this year. Check back here for updates and pictures of our visit to the SSV Mission and Ain Karim Children's Home!! We ask your prayers for a safe journey and successful mission.
Guardians of the Visitation in Borongan City have begun an new initiative in collaboration with the SSV Sisters and the Diocese of Borongan to benefit Ain Karim Children's Home. Bishop Crispin Valquez blessed the Baynte Mo, Kinabuhi Program collection boxes at a Mass to begin the initative on January 13, 2024. Sr. Eliza Ndegwa, SSV with the Guardians has been traveling to parishes in the Diocese of Borongan to make a mission appeal.
" the urgent and growing needs of the children in need, disabled and at-risk,...points the way to expanding the BMKK program to parishes in the province" 20 PH pesos (36 cents) put together with those of so many from the Diocese of Borongan create a wave of compassion and generosity to help the children of Ain Karim's Children's Home!
BYENTE MO, KINABUHI KO PROGRAM
BMKK: MISSION OF COMPASSION
SSV MISSION OL MORAN,KENYA
celebrates twenty-one years of service to the parish of St. Marks Catholic Church, Ol Moran, Kenya. MAGNIFICAT!! The SSV Sisters care for and serve the children and young adults in their mission home, Magnificat House, and visit the sick in their homes, especially giving care to those in remote areas, providing food and support to help families. The SSV Mission also operates a free Catholic Dispensary to provide medical aid and medicines to those who cannot pay for such services.
SSV MISSION AID BATO, BORONGAN CITY, ESTERN SAMAR, PHILIPPINES
Ain Karim Children's Home is operated by the SSV Sisters as the only Catholic licensed home for children ages newborn to six and young girls and women to age twenty-one in Eastern Samar. The SSV Ain Karim Home welcomes vulnerable children and girls in crisis: abandoned, neglected, orphaned, disabled, and those in need of short-term and long-term help due to family crises. With love, sensitivity, and compassionate care the SSV Sisters nurture the children in a secure family atmosphere and according to their particular needs including medical and nutritional interventions, therapy, education, and spiritual direction.
THE GREAT BABY BLANKET PROJECT
The Great Baby Blanket Project collects new and gently used baby swaddling blankets for distribution through the SSV Sisters' Missions to very poor mothers and families welcoming a child into the world!
Dec 2021-today we collected nearly 500 blankets! Learn more here:
GREAT BABY BLANKET
The baby blankets collected by St. Petronille Parish in Glen Ellyn, Illinois during Advent 2022 were wrapped in gift bags to ship to the SSV Mission in PH. The swaddling blankets will be gifted to mothers and families in need who are welcoming a child in the coming year.
EIGHTH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM ASSEMBLES #GBBP GIFT PACKETS, JANUARY 2023
THE SSV MISSION AID IN BATO: "BRING TO ALL THE SMILE OF GOD!"
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY 2020: "HERE AM I, SEND ME."
Your support of the SSV Sisters and the children is so very much appreciated.
Thank you for reaching out to sustain the SSV Missions,
Ain Karim Children's Home and Magnificat House.
GUARDIANS OF THE VISITATION
Guardians of the Visitation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in the United States, EIN #83-3849590. The Guardians of the Visitation in Italy, the Philippines, and Madagascar are Lay Associations following the Charism of the Sisters Servants of the Visitation Congregation.
American missioners, wishing to offer assistance to the Sisters Servants of the Visitation in their work with the poorest of the poor in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines, established a new branch organization in the United States on February 21, 2019. The Sisters Servants of the Visitation extend love, care, healthcare, and educational services to poor children in their care facility, Ain Karim Children's Home, and to the impoverished families in the surrounding communities. In 2021 the Guardians of the Visitation expanded the scope of their efforts of support to include the SSV Mission in Ol Moron, Laikipia County, Kenya which operates Magnificat House, a home for abandoned children and rescue home for young girls and women, a Catholic Health Dispensary, and many apostolates that serve the large and widespread community of St. Marks Catholic Parish, Ol Moran, Kenya.
"BRING TO ALL THE SMILE OF GOD"
SSV are enlivened by their belief that God is pleased to see His children fully alive!
SSV Sisters live the Gospel of Mary's Visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. The Sisters are inspired to serve the most vulnerable brother in their community.
SSV programs are designed to answer the different needs of the people they serve with the vision of empowering each person's unique gifts and abilities as a child of God.