Regina Scheller from Wurzburg, Germany, became the newest volunteer with the Redeemer Ministry Corps (RMC) during a ceremony at the Missioning Mass on Sunday, Aug. 28 in the chapel of the Holy Redeemer Sisters in Huntingdon Valley.

Father Laurence Gleason, celebrant for the Mass and chaplain of the Holy Redeemer Health System, blessed the cross and candle that Scheller received from RMC Director Lisa Mehalick, joined by Holy Redeemer Sister Ellen Marvel. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

The Mass marked the start of the 2017-2018 volunteer year as well as the 35th anniversary of the Redeemer Ministry Corps program. It enables young men and women who wish to commit themselves to the charism of the Holy Redeemer Sisters to live in community, foster their faith life, live simply and offer a caring, comforting and healing presence to those in need.

Many of the 130 RMC alumni continue working in the health care profession, social services or education. Some have continued to work at the sites in which they have served. Others have become Redeemer associates and some have even gone on to become Sisters of the Holy Redeemer.

Scheller has been working as kindergarten teacher since 2006. She will be serving as activities assistant at St. Joseph’s Manor in Meadowbrook. The week prior she participated in orientation where she developed a mission statement, describing what she feels called to do this year and what she hopes to achieve.

Her statement is:

“I, Regina Scheller, as a Redeemer Ministry Corps volunteer, look forward to a year in which I’m a part of a community where I can grow, develop my strength, accept my weaknesses and recognize the gift of every new day. I hope to build deep relationships that will help me to master this year. I also wish to be a healing presence to those who need someone to speak, to listen or just to be there.”