Christmas cards a mission to spread faith and bring hope

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Christmas cards a mission to spread faith and bring hope

A religious sister from the Huon Valley has made it her Christmas mission to raise money for those in need while spreading the true message of Christmas.

Sr Joan Cowmeadow, 76, of the Sisters of St Joseph has been busy making Christmas cards, angels and hand towels to raise money for Josephite initiatives in East Timor and Papua New Guinea.

She previously spent five years in Papua New Guinea working with refugees.

“Refugees since then have been very much part of my apostolate. They’re never far out of my mind,” said Sr Joan, who only 18 months ago spent two weeks in East Timor.

The money raised from the Christmas cards goes to a school for children with disabilities in Papua New Guinea and a mission in East Timor that educates teachers and health workers as well as children and families.

Sr Joan says she enjoys craft and makes her own cards all year-round, often using her own photography. However, it is Christmas that provides the most demand for cards.

“Everybody wants Christmas cards, and so I wear myself to the bone putting cards together,” she said.

She has already handmade an incredible 300 Christmas cards in the past month, with most of them already sold. She says she is busy making more to meet the demand, and has already raised more than $2000.

For Sr Joan, it is important that each Christmas card carries a religious message that speaks to the true meaning of Christmas.

If a card has an image that is less directly religious (the evergreen Christmas tree, she explains, alludes to everlasting life while the candle represents the light of Christ) Sr Joan makes sure the message inside is faith-filled.

“It’s my little way of pushing the true meaning of Christmas and not letting the secular win over completely,” she said.

She says that she sees the work as a response to Jesus’ call to meet Him in the poor and suffering.

“’What you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me. You saw me in prisoned and you visited me, you saw me hungry and you fed me,’ and so on and so on. Hopefully this is going a little way to answering that call,” she said.