Sr Veronika (Theresia Racková), SSpS

Kenya

Sr Veronika, of the Servants of the Holy Spirit, was killed in an ambush in Kenya on May 15. Following are some details from the website of the her Congregation.

“Around midnight of 15 May 2016, Sr. Veronika was returning, after taking a patient on an emergency call to Harvest Hospital, Yei, when she was attacked by suspected group of soldiers.  The St. Bakhita Health Center Ambulance that she was driving, was shot several times and Sr. Veronika was gravely wounded on the hip and in the abdomen.  After two surgeries in the Hospital for Women and Children in Yei, she was airlifted to Nairobi Hospital in Kenya on Monday 16th May for further treatment and surgeries. Despite the best efforts of the doctors, she passed away on Friday, 20th May 2016.  Her death is an irreparable loss for us, for her family and for the people she served especially in Yei.

“Sr Veronika was born in Slovakia on 08 January 1958.  She made her first vows in the Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit in 1987 and final vows in 1994.  She was a medical doctor with specialization in tropical diseases.  She has worked as a missionary in Ghana.  She served as Provincial Leader of the Province of Slovakia from 2004-2010.  Upon completing her term as Provincial Leader, she was assigned to Yei, South Sudan in 2010, thereby pioneering the SSpS mission in that place.  From 2010 to 2016, until her death, she has served in various capacities as SSpS community leader, medical doctor and Director of St. Bakhita Health Center, Yei.  Sr. Veronika was a committed, generous and joyful missionary. ”

According to Fr Franz Gassner, SVD, when Sr Veronika was asked why the Holy Spirit Sisters opted to stay in Sudan at the beginning of 2014 in spite of the circumstances, she replied: “Yes, why? Because Jesus went his way consequently. He did not give up, when things got tough. He took on deprivation and suffering and carried his cross until the end. He was obedient to the will of the Father. He always moved among the people and did not sent them away. He was even ready to accept death, because he loved the people, without limit and conditions. As a disciple of Jesus I want to follow him with the power of the Holy Spirit. I cannot leave the people of South-Sudan, because I love them.”

A Solemn Requiem Mass was scheduled to be celebrated on Monday, 23 May, 2 pm in Nairobi. 

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