Associates in Mission from Bayonne New Jersey share how they are living the Mission and sharing the charism with the dear neighbor…
For close to twenty years four associates, Jim Hughes, Dan Rauch, Julie Brannan-Rauch, and Betty Zywicki have served as volunteers in the Adult ESL program in Bayonne, NJ. We have taught joyously with Sister Kay Coll, SSJ, who started this program years ago. Sister has given the gift of language to hundreds of learners and has given us the gift of watching these immigrants gain confidence and competence in a new language.
We become a family with our learners and rejoice as they master the ability to shop; speak with their children’s teachers; become citizens; visit a doctor, and gain employment. During the pandemic, we were able to create a website and conduct classes on Zoom for several months. Even though Sister Kay has handed over the program to the Associates, she and the Sisters of St, Joseph have continued to support this vital program with a generous grant from the Sisters’ Mission Fund.
For the four of us, as well as with our other volunteer teaching staff, our ESL program is certainly a mission to our dear neighbor.