Sister Monica
Sister Monica

Franciscan mission in Holy Land expands

JERUSALEM (10-15-2010) - At the invitation of His Beatitude Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Franciscan Sisters have begun a new aspect of mission in the Holy Land. Sister Monica Navalta, FSE began work as English secretary and translator in the office of the Latin Patriarchate on October 1st. Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, accepted the Patriarch's invitation to assign a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist to the position in Jerusalem for, as she told the Community, "we are privileged to serve the Church in this way and we take on this mission in a spirit of support for the authority of the Church, in continuity with our past 32 years of service in the Holy Land." The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist have been serving in the Holy Land since 1978.

Pictured at right, Sister Monica Navalta arrives near New Gate in Jerusalem on her way to the Latin Patriarchate office on her first day of work.

Prior to entering the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Sister Monica was employed as executive administrator to the president and as corporate travel planner for two multi-national firms in Toronto.

Sister Monica Sister Monica and Sister Kieran
Happy to be in the Holy Land, Sister Monica gathers flowers for the Sisters' chapel. Sister Monica and Sister Kieran Foley at Acre (Akko) the place where St. Francis of Assisi landed when he journeyed to the Holy Land.