Apostolic Carmel Sisters grateful to receive Pope’s message of unity in Bahrain
By Devin Watkins and Linda Bordoni
Sr. Maria Nirmalini, Superior General of the Congregation of the Apostolic Carmel expressed this belief while speaking to Devin Watkins at Holy Mass on Saturday morning in Bahrain's National Stadium.
Her congregation works in many countries where Catholics are a minority, including her own country – India – where Apostolic Carmel Sisters teach in schools and run health services across the sub-continent.
All in all, Sr. Nirmalini says, the Order runs over 200 convents in India and abroad, working in ten different countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Kuwait, Bahrain, Italy, France, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The efforts of her congregation's sisters, she says, are focused mostly in education and in works of medical assistance, such as running clinics, dispensaries and day-care centers.
In particular, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Apostolic Carmel runs the Sacred Heart School in Isa Town. Five Sisters are entrusted with management and logistics with the precious support of lay persons. The school is affiliated with the Sacred Heart Church in Manama.
The importance of spirituality
Pope Francis, Sr. Nirmalini says, is a precious reference point and a source of inspiration.
Furthering this concept, she upholds the beautiful image of a tree that Pope Francis referred to in his first discourse after setting foot in Bahrain.
He described the “Tree of Life” that has survived in a “desert area with very little rainfall thanks to its deep roots,” and whose roots need to go deep in order to absorb the nutrients from the soil.