ABOUT US

Holy Spirit Missionary Association of

the Servants of the Holy Spirit Missionary Congregation.

Mrs Luzie Jung

Mrs Luzie Jung

Mrs Luzie Jung died on 14 June 2004, at the age of 103. In 1957 she, with a sister, started the Holy Spirit Missionary Association for lay people in Steyl, Netherlands. Luzie was born in 1901 in Fischbach by Saarbuecken, the youngest of 13 children.

From 1917-19 she was employed at the Mayor’s Office in Dudweiler. Afterwards, her sister who was a teacher for children with special needs took Lucie with her to Niederhall in the Eifel and later to Dusseldorf. In 1928 she began to work at the Telecommunications Centre in Dusseldorf. She improved her English in London. Later she was put in charge of the department.

Invited by Sr Celine, one of the sisters, she and her sister took part in a retreat in our Mother House in Steyl, Netherlands. Here the desire for a Third Order with its special aim of devotion to the Holy Spirit showed itself. She prayed the Veni Creator daily. Devotion to the Holy Spirit was her heart’s desire. The Holy Spirit Missionary Association was started with seven people in Pentecost week 1957. Lucie Jung was one of them.

In a Solemn Mass, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, she expressed her gratitude for the foundation of the Association to which she always remained faithful. Mrs Luzie Jung allowed herself to be directed by the Holy Spirit all her life and she generously supported the work of the Steyl Foundation.

In England the association began like this:

Sr. Marilda, SSpS

Sr. Marilda, SSpS

When a congregational leadership team letter came around in mid 1930s asking for volunteers to work with the HSMA Sr Marilda Danes responded. At that time we were in Caverswall. She continues the job still. When she moved to Wroughton she continued her apostolate and in both these places she gathered the people together, had a short prayer service and refreshments. This was also a time to discuss and share personal matters, spiritual matters, etc. Sr Marilda sends twice a year, at Christmas and Pentecost, newsletters to about 220-250 members. There are some non Catholics too. She translates from ‘Geist und auftrag’ the German magazine as well as adding news and views of her own. This gives a wholesome picture of our sisters’ life in all parts of the world.
Sr Marilda is going to celebrate her 90th birthday on the 27th September 2010. She does the complete job of this newsletter beginning from creating news until it is ready to be posted in a booklet form. She gets replies and small amounts of donations from many people. She gets also some letters redirected, as the members are already with God.

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Sr. Clare, SSpS

Sr Clare started the HSMA in Ireland in 1981, having retreat days in our convent in Maynooth and going around the country visiting the members and having bible sharing with them once a month. Now she too will be 90 on the 7th April 2010 and lives in Steyl. Sr Carmen Lee is taking care of the members that Sr Clare gathered in Ireland. We have been going on pilgrimages and holding days of prayer. We find that the members are enriching the sisters with their wonderful spiritual lives. We never do something for others but we receive something ourselves.

Sr Adelina Tao-ing has a group now in Farnham, Surrey, and they are at present linking with the Wroughton group, continued after we left that area by Deacon Lawrence Moss, a HSMA member.

Members of the Holy Spirit Missionary Association are affiliated to the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit and they promise:

To pray one prayer to the Holy Spirit daily. (This is not to limit a member of the HSMA but at least one prayer a day). Book is provided on becoming member but any prayer will be acceptable.

To look out for one act of love to be performed daily. (this can be as wonderful as a smile or more engaging as a visit to the sick, lonely or giving time to the poor, etc. be creative about your act of love in honour of the Holy Spirit.

Act of consecration to the Holy Spirit once a month. (it is good to decide on the day, for instance, the number of the month on which you were born). You can also take the first Monday and unite with the sisters in their devotion to the Holy Spirit.

The members of the HSMA share in the prayers, sacrifices, works and suffering of the Missionary Sisters and the Missionary Sisters share in the prayers,s sacrifices, works and suffering of the Members of the HSMA offered up to God the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love.