By S. Georgia Kitt
How do a Guatemalan bag sold in the Motherhouse Gift Shop and a specially programmed hearing device find themselves as companions at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse? It’s a case of putting ‘two and two together’ by a perceptive, creative Sister of Charity consultant for the deaf and hard of hearing. S. Mary Dugan started making bags/small purses for the hard of hearing to hold high-tech sound equipment. The bags are sewn with a strap that can be
e lunch or hold a phone while talking with a friend, always maintaining the quality of sound and clarity expected.
The early bags were sold in the Motherhouse Gift Shop and made by women in S. Sarah Mulligan’s former clinic, Clinica Daniel Comboni in Guatemala, Central America. As demand increased, more bags were needed.
A new unexpected source of production has recently emerged. When Director Tomas Sanchez came to the Motherhouse last month to offer the Sisters a preview of his film, “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail,” based on the life of S. Blandina Segale, he became aware of the important use for the bags. As the film began Tomas observed S. Mary moving from Sister to Sister near the back of the auditorium giving attention to their hearing devices. He was taken with the quality of the sound each was able to hear as of a result of the high-tech device. It pleased him to know such quality is possible through today’s technology and made possible with ease for those desiring it. He clearly saw how the bags serve as an important component!
When Tomas and his son, Gabriel Sanchez, returned home to New Mexico they engaged members of their family in sewing additional bags to assist with the need. The bags carry the same personal touch as those made by the women in Guatemala. (Those being modeled by hearing Sisters in the photos accompanying this article.) The bag assures the Sister that her high-tech device is safely protected by her handmade attractive, yet practical hearing device bag.
It takes a simple need, willing hands across borders and a creative, caring consultant for the deaf and hard of hearing to bring new companions together for good. And the world of sound comes to life!