Sister Servants of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Maggotty, Jamaica

We are Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  We are working in Jamaica.  We are living in the small village of Maggotty: 4 Sisters. One Sister is from the United States: Sr. Clare Marie, and 3 Sisters are from Poland: Sr. Emila, Sr. Rita and Sr. Amanda. Maggotty is located in the center of Jamaica Island; this is a very poor area.  We belong to the American Province in Cressen, Pennsylvania. Our Congregation was founded by St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar and the Servant of God, Mother Clara Szczesna in Cracow, Poland. We are a contemplative, active religious congregation Pontifical Right, affiliated with the order with Friars Minor Conventual.

In our mission, we have an education program which includes about 200 children. Children attend school every day and after school they have classes, homework, and other activities for two hours. Our mission’s purpose is to worship the Triune God in the mystery of the Most Sacred of Jesus, and spread the Kingdom of Love of this Heart by serving Christ in our neighborhood: particularly among girls, the poor, and the sick.

Our mission in Jamaica was founded by Fr. Marek Bzinkowski in 1998. In the beginning, Fr. Marek began Mass with only three people. Now, there are about 250 people participating in the Eucharist each Sunday. Fr. Marek, Miss. Marta, and the Sisters prepare the people for Baptism and Holy Communion. Each month there is a birthday celebration for those who have a birthday during that month.

Our Congregation originally came to Jamaica on July 1, 2004, after receiving approval from Bishop Paul Boyle, C.P., and the bishop of the Mandeville Diocese. In time, we began to receive funding from donations to build a convent, named after St. Joseph Sebastian. The convent was built with the help of local people.  Some volunteers from the United States helped too, as well as the Sisters who were here at the time. During these first years, other Sisters from the American Province came and stayed temporarily.

About two years ago, we opened a new clinic, thanks to our benefactors from around the world. Our patients are very poor; they do not have enough money to buy food. The clinic is opened from Monday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday the Sisters visit the patients in their homes.