Sr. Veronika, Theresia Racková SSpS was finally laid to rest today, Friday, 27 May 2016, 4 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Cemetery, Lutaya, Yei River State, South Sudan. Her mortal body now remains forever with the land where and the people whom she served with her whole heart and life.
We recall that at the end of 2013, when the civil war in South Sudan erupted again, Sr. Veronika’s response to the question ‘why did you decide to stay in the country?’ was: «Because the way of Jesus had been consistent. He did not abandon the people or leave the place when it became difficult. As a disciple of Jesus I follow him in the power of the Holy Spirit. I cannot leave the people of South Sudan because I love them.»
We remain in our hope and prayer that the body of Sr. Veronika, now buried, may become like a seed of peace and reconciliation that will grow and flourish in the land and among the people of her beloved South Sudan.
Sr. Eleonora Cichon writes from Yei, South Sudan after the funeral:
It was a very long day… We just came back after the funeral and burial of Sr. Veronika. Everything finished very peacefully and it was really a beautiful funeral. In the early morning we entrusted her in the cargo airport. She was flying in the same plane with us. In Juba a group of religious with some authorities were waiting inside the airport next to the small plane (coffin and 8 people) prepared to take us to Yei. They were singing and praying and there were two meaningful messages. When we were flying it was like she was saying goodbye to the place she loved so much.
Here in Yei she was brought by the same ambulance in which she was shot. On the way to church, about one hour, everywhere, people were standing and greeting her. Countless cars, motorbikes, people on foot… We can say Sr. Veronika wanted to come here. Without her help it would have been impossible.
Today the policemen were there, but we requested that there will be no guns, and really they respected it. They were there, but without guns, although high authorities were there. We had Mass at the Latuya Parish, outside the church, and then buried her just beside the church.
Thank you very…very…much for all your prayers and communion.
I believe she will make miracles here…