Cyril was a Heart’s Home Missionary in the Bronx, where the first US Missionary house was settled. He shared his experience with us:
"How did you arrive in New York?
For a long time Rev. Thierry de Roucy wanted to launch a foundation in New York, following Mother Teresa’s word that this city was in greatest need of Compassion.
In order to prepare the foundation, Rev. Thierry decided to send Aude, a former Heart’s Home Missionary . She arrived in April 2003 and met Rev. Michael Sepp, the pastor of Sacred Heart and Saint Francis of Assisi parishes in the Bronx. In October 2003, the first Missionaries arrived to live in the house that used to be the Rectory of Saint Francis of Assisi.
What is your life?
As for all the Heart’s Home communities in the world, our life is based on three realities.
First, we have a strong prayer life. We pray every day the liturgy of the hours and the rosary, we attend daily mass, and have a one-hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our Chapel. We have a special devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary and for the Eucharist, which are the center of our lives.
The second aspect of our Mission is to be a loving presence in the neighborhoods where we live. Our charism is to share the life of the people that are around us and to offer our friendship to anyone who needs it. We also go every week to the Bronx Lebanon Hospital and in the Woodycrest center to reach those who suffer from AIDS and sometimes we accompany them in the last moments of their lives. We try to outreach the kids of the neighborhood by going to the playgrounds to play basketball with them. We are also involved in the parish through catechism classes and the Holy Hour on Wednesday morning.
The third aspect of our commitment is the community life. We live in the same house and we should live this as a great experience of companionship. We also take turns for shopping, cooking, washing the dishes...etc."