Reaching Out To Serve the Community
The Missionary Benedictine Sisters do a lot work that addresses the needs of the communities around them. While some of these outreach efforts fall under the Sisters' pastoral ministry, other outreach efforts address needs beyond the local community as highlighted below.
Missionary Benedictine Sisters Foundation
The Missionary Benedictine Sisters in Norfolk have an active scholarship program to help our Sisters in other Priories with education of their young sisters, especially those in poor countries of the world. There is a great need to educate the young Sisters of our Congregation to become professionals in their own countries so that they may be effective teachers, healers and evangelizers to their people. Because there are larger numbers of young women entering the Congregation from poor countries and because the Norfolk priory wants to help, a scholarship program for them was initiated by the MBS Foundation. To date, Sisters from Uganda, India and Kenya have been recipients of scholarships.
In addition, the MBS foundation gives scholarships to single women with children in a radius around Norfolk. Three women have been awarded scholarships so far, one from St. Mary’s in Omaha and two nursing students from Northeast Community College in Norfolk.
Animal Shelter on Northeast Nebraska
Sister Kevin has been an active member of the Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska for five years. She is currently the board chair of the organization which is busy raising funds to construct an Animal Shelter near Norfolk with the goal of helping abandoned, abused and neglected animals and those surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them. Currently, there are several foster families in Norfolk and nearby who help by taking in dogs and cats until a forever home is found for them.
Orphan Grain Train
Norfolk is very lucky to have a local organization with international connections that help the poor of the world and is ready to help in time of disasters. The organization, called Orphan Grain Train, was begun by a local businessman and a Lutheran Pastor in Norfolk several years ago. They ship medical supplies, clothing, hygienic products and many other items on a daily basis and rely on a large network of volunteers to pack the materials. Our Sisters have been volunteering at Orphan Grain Train for several years. Currently the Sisters are helping prepare hygiene packs for the Philippines in light of the recent destruction by the typhoon.
Several years ago a dietician who wanted to help feed poor children in the developing world formulated a recipe for a complete meal that could be put into a bag, shipped, and then cooked with water and provide all of the nutrients necessary for one day. The bag consists of rice, various other grains and a soup base for flavor. Several volunteer groups go weekly to the “MERCY MEALS” building near Orphan Grain Train to fill the bags, seal them, and pack into boxes for shipment overseas by Orphan Grain Train. Our Sisters have been regular monthly volunteers for this project.