Sister Thérèse, our oldest Sister, and still correspondent for the community of the Daughters of Jesus in Vaylats, France, tells us about the « day of welcome » they enjoyed on January the 9th, 2019.
That day, a big truck from the Scouts in the town of Cluses in the Rhône-Alpes region, arrived to take on board the 450 packages prepared over a period of six months. One afternoon a week, a group of loyal volunteer ladies sort and box clothes donated by people in the area.
To help put all these packages in the truck, each one had brought along her husband (all of them always willing to help!)
That same day we also received :
- Mgr Laurent Camiade, Bishop of Cahors, on a pastoral visit to the sector of “Bach-Escamps-Vaylats”.
- The Mayor of Cahors who had come join the delegates of the Tourist Office in a meeting at the Convent.
So we met in the large dining room with the Bishop, the three priests of the area, the Deacon, the Sisters, the residents, the volunteer ladies with their husbands, the workers on the site, and some guests of the residents.
The Director of the Jean Liausu Association cordially welcomed about fifty of us in total.
During the meal, the Bishop toured all the tables to the satisfaction of the guests!
Before leaving, one of the drivers of the articulated lorry confided in us :
« This time, we have come from Lodève, about 200 km from here in the Ardèche. I last came here ten years ago. I live in the Jura and from here we’re going on to Cognac – that’s 315km – to complete our loading up before returning to our centre in Cluses in Haute-Savoie -another 670km. Last week, we delivered to Sofia in Bulgaria, always to well-known religious communities, who help people in difficulty. »
In Vaylats, we try to be attentive every day to the unexpected and to welcome it as a pleasant surprise!
Sr Thérèse BRU