19 February 2009

Eight Franciscan Sisters in Indonesia Killed in Road Accident

UCANews carries a heartbreaking story today of eight Franciscan Sisters of Charity and their driver dying instantly when their minivan plunged into a river while they were on their way to the funeral of the mother of another member of their congregation.

I’ve been unable to find any information online about the congregation but the Archdiocese of Palembang , where the provincial house is and where the Sisters will be buried, had about 76,000 Catholics, 0.7 percent of a population of nearly 11,000,000, in 2004. There were 236 Sisters in the archdiocese at that time.

Four of the Sisters who died were in their early 20s. Please pray for their eternal rest and for their congregation and families, all of whom must be utterly devastated.

1 comment:

Ultralogical said...

"Neque enim ultra mori potuérunt: æquáles enim ángelis sunt, et fílii sunt Dei, cum sint fílii resurrectiónis."

"Neither can they die any more: for they are equal to the angels, and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection" (Saint Luke 20.36)

For Whom they lived, for Whom they longed, they have found. While we grieve for what we have lost, let us rejoice for what they have found. The Brides have come to the Groom. The Banquet is begun.