The Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate minister in 12 states spanning 25 archdioceses and dioceses.
In Brazil, our Sisters have established six missions, a pre-novitiate and a novitiate. There we serve the poor, sick and elderly. We teach and are involved in pastoral ministry, sacramental preparation and counseling.
Meet My (OUR) Ministry
Meet our Sisters Kathleen Bushur and Sandra Sudkamp who minister at Catholic Charities in Effingham, Illinois. They enjoy working with people and consider it a privilege to help those in need. (Sister Sandra is pictured below working in the Food Pantry. Sister Kathleen is pictured towards the bottom of the article).
The mission of Catholic Charities of Effingham, which is part of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, is to “To extend to all the healing and empowering presence of Jesus.” Catholic Charities of Effingham has provided nationally accredited programs to seven counties in south central Illinois for the past 31 years. The counties they serve are Clark, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper and Shelby. They also provide services that include Counseling, Crisis Assistance, Food Pantry, MedAssist, and Second Hand Rose Resale Shoppe and Ramblin’ Rose. Ramblin’ Rose is a bus that goes out during the summer to distribute school supplies and clothing to the needy children to get them ready for the new school year.
The MedAssist Program is currently staffed by Sisters Sandra Sudkamp and Kathleen Bushur. We help people access necessary medications for free or discounted prices in the dosages needed to maintain their health from various Pharmaceutical Companies. Many companies have established patient assistance programs which make their medications available to people in need. Each company has its own criteria, application form, and eligibility guidelines.
We serve as client advocates who interview clients to determine if they are eligible for these patient assistance programs. If the clients qualify, we work with them and their physicians to enroll them in the company’s assistance program.
Do you want to read more about Sr. Sandra and Sr. Kathleen and their ministry at Catholic Charities in Effingham? You can finish reading this article in the Winter issue of Confianca by clicking on the cover below.