Sr. Pamela Marie Buganski
“God is always talking to me when I am in Guatemala.”
Our dear Sister Marie Julie went home to God a few days ago after suffering for more than 4 years with cancer. She died as she lived--as a humble woman of deep faith and warm compassion. She is already dearly missed. Her students will remember her smile, her grace, and her joy in simple things. (Sr. Marie Julie taught math and religion and Spanish at Notre Dame AMay she rest in peace....AND....in her simple way ask Jesus to bless us!
I do not believe that it is by chance that today I met a young woman named Julia. Julia is 12 years old and is the daughter of the founder of the Probigua School that I attend. She is the youngest of three girls. She is pictured here with my teacher, Janet. When I met Julia, I was compelled to tell her about Sr. Marie Julie. If you look closely, you can see a little guardian angel on Julia´s left shoulder...Sr. Marie Julie. Julia was deeply touched when I shared about the life and gifts of Sr. Marie Julie. I told her that when she felt that she needed a friend or some guidance, that she should remember that God was with her through Sr. Marie Julie and that she only had to look at her shoulder. It was a deeply graced moment.
Julia left the school for a violin lesson and then returned. She opened up her homework and pulled up a chair to the already crowded desk that Janet and I share. That said alot as there were many empty desks in the area. It was a simple bonding of new friends.
Julia´s goal is to attend high school in the United States. I invited her to attend our Notre Dame Academy and told her about Jessie Martinez, the son of the family who helps SewHope in the Peten who is currently living with a family and attending St. John Jesuit High School in Toledo. I also gave Julia the website of Notre Dame Academy. She comes to the Probigua School on Mondays and Wednesdays, so we will meet again on Wednesday, I am sure.
Sr. Marie Julie, thank you for your witness of God´s deep love for each person. We celebrate with you the great joy that you now experience in the arms of Jesus.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012