Catholic Mission is celebrating World Mission Month in October, focusing on Pope Francis’ World Mission Sunday message, “Hearts on fire, feet on the move”.
The appeal highlights the burning passion that drives missionaries to take action for a more just world.
Sr Carolina, who is the face of the awareness and fundraising campaign, is a great example of the devotion of missionaries, dedicating herself to providing critical healthcare services to the rural community of Venilale in Timor-Leste.
After decades of journeying with the Venilale community, Sr Carolina can summarise her understanding of Mission in a sentence: “Mission is where many people need you.”
It is a simple philosophy honed through her years of service via the Maria Auxiliadora Clinic, which the Salesian Sisters opened in 1995 to provide urgent healthcare services to a community still bearing the scars of decades of unrest.
Most of the treatment at the centre focuses on tuberculosis and malnutrition, two life-threatening illnesses well known to the local community.
In the Maria Auxiliadora Clinic, Sr Carolina and her superior, Sr Alma, have created not only a place of healing but a safe and welcoming environment where people are listened to.
Catholic Mission is inviting parishes, schools, and supporters across Australia this World Mission Month to journey with Sr Carolina, and walk alongside the Salesian Sisters and the resilient community of Venilale.