Franciscan Sister Teaches 19 Years in Peru

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

July 28, 2018

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie shares on the life and ministry of Sister Maria Jose Scharinger. To read the whole reflection, click here: Franciscan Sister Maria Jose Reflection Here are comments on Sister Maria Jose’s many years of serving in Lima, Peru.

Sister Maria José found all of her years in religious life enjoyable and rewarding, however, the 19 years in Peru meant the most to her. She was always deeply grateful to God and to the Community for giving her this missionary opportunity. Not only did Sister Maria José treasure the Peruvian experience, the people who knew her there also valued all she was and did. In one of her formal yearly evaluations the Principal of Maria Reina School, Mr. Eduardo Pecol, wrote, “Sister Maria José is an excellent English teacher. She is creative, exercises common sense, is careful and clearheaded. She considers her and the school’s success as synonymous and welcomes new assignments as opportunities to prove her abilities. Sister Maria José has the ability to grasp a situation and draw correct conclusions. She reaches sound decisions promptly, is not easily disconcerted and is discreet.”

Another Principal, Maria Isabel Quinones, affirmed Mr. Pecol’s evaluation and added, “She is not just deeply involved with her students’ reality, but also with the school and her colleagues, trying to assist them whenever they need her. We can say that she is a role model. She projects her humbleness through her classes and many other virtues and values that are part of the Franciscan Charism. In other words, we can say that she shows through her daily actions the coherence that the Franciscan and Marianist Congregations proclaim.”

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