“In Japanese, Yamada means mountains and rice fields; Chizuru means one thousand cranes.  Imagine blue mountains, green rice fields, and flying white cranes—a beautiful landscape of the Japanese countryside.”

This past Tuesday evening, Sr. Miriam Ukeritis, on behalf of the Congregation, accepted Chizuru Yamada into our Congregational Novitiate.  The words above, taken from the worship aid at her reception, remind us of the gift that Sr. Chizuru is to the Congregation, as she marks our multi-cultural reality with new life.  “Inclusive, unifying love is what it is all about for Chizuru,” said Sr. Eileen Mitchell in her reflection at the ceremony.  That love was evident in the many Sisters who gathered to share the occasion with our new novice.  May Sr. Chizuru continue to find and to live that love as she continues her journey with us.


April 3rd, 2018