“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
– Maya Angelou”
This quote is prominently displayed as a preface to the listing of donors who contributed financially to the Women and Spirit Exhibit that traveled across the nation this past year. If only all our friends had the opportunity to view this inspiring, awesome tribute recognizing the vital role historically played by women religious in the formation of our country!
Whether it was building our Catholic school system from the ground up, founding hospitals, working with immigrants, providing shelter for the homeless, creating jobs, caring for orphans, making brilliant scientific discoveries…the list of what religious women have done and continue to do is incredible.
With this same undaunted spirit, your Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, founded in 1876, saw the yet unmet need of our inner-city communities in 1995 and Vision of Hope was born.
Through the years, we’ve been so grateful to engage many faithful supporters like yourself, who share the same spirit of selflessness. Your financial commitments have literally changed and saved lives and we so greatly appreciate each and every one.
But we’ve also been blessed with individuals who have sacrificially given of their time and talents. These individuals represent a cadre of community leaders who readily have joined us in the wondrous adventure of Vision of Hope and who “have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
In this year’s Annual Report, the first few pages are devoted to these generous “angels” and share their stories of why they do what they do for our children and for our schools.
As a community founded to minister “to the poor and most vulnerable,” we’ve had to rely on creative ways to reach out to disadvantaged youth. That is our Vision of Hope, of which you are a vital part. We hope you are inspired, uplifted and even challenged as you read this Report. May God bless you in great abundance and continue to liberate many more souls!
In loving, grateful prayer,
Sister John Martin Fixa, OP