60 years serving God

On November 26, Sister Rosa celebrated her 60th religious anniversary in Berlin Kreuzberg. Due to pandemic restrictions, there weren’t many guests, but the ceremony itself was very deep and solemn.

Sr. Rosa spent most of her religious life serving the deaf and organizing pastoral care for them. This activity was interrupted by coronavirus; therefore Sr. Rosa’s greatest jubilee wishes, is to return to meeting people who need her as soon as possible.

Sr. Rosa herself recalls her work as follows:

“In early1988, deaf people began to officially come to our chapel and the Hall, where they could pray and meet people who understand them. Initially, only Sister Christiana, who was also deaf, was offered such a service from the president of the deaf in our diocese. Two years later, in 1990, I joined Sr. Christiana and her community of deaf people. At first, I didn’t understand them, I didn’t know sign language, I had to learn it from scratch. However, I noticed during this work that it is not the knowledge of the language that is the most important here, but the heart and willingness to understand their situation. We understood each other well on this level. Maybe because I am not deaf, but I am also disabled. I lost my leg when I was a child and have been using a prosthesis ever since. I think this experience helps me better understand the problems of others. Despite the fact that they have their own families and their lives, they feel lonely and somewhat excluded from the normal world. Even before the pandemic, we organized a Holy Mass once a month. In sign language, and after the Mass there was a meeting for coffee and common conversations. Everyone came to these meetings very willingly, because they felt completely accepted and understood here. Also, outside of the Mass. We kept in touch with each other. They came to me whenever they needed help, when I had to call somewhere, or when they did not understand something, e.g., on official matters. I was happy to help them and dealt with their various affairs with them. Now, for the second year, I have not been able to meet them. In our home, where I live, there is an old people’s home, where there are two of my pupils. I meet them regularly. We talk, pray and play together. I also have health problems recently, but I still hope that I will be able to serve my people”.