Sr. Veronika Theresia Racková, SSpS
From: Fr. Heinz Kulüke, SVD
21 May 2016
Sr. Maria Theresia Hörnemann, SSpS
Via Cassia 645
Sr. Veronika Theresia Racková, SSpS
Dear Sr. Maria Theresia,
Greetings of God's Mercy and Resurrection!
The violent and sudden death of Sr. Veronika has left us with deep
sadness and grief. In the name of the Society of the Divine Word, I want
to express to all of you our deepest condolences and assure you of our
My first encounter with Sr. Veronika was in South Sudan, in a very
difficult mission that requires extraordinary people. I strongly felt
that with her gifts, skills, profession, attitude and dedication, she
was the right woman in the right place; she has proven this more than
once in very difficult situations, particularly when the people and her
Holy Spirit Sisters or SVD brothers needed her help. With her sense of
practicality she would see solutions where others would only see
unsolvable problems. She was on fire with a special mission and this
animated others as well.
When meeting Sr. Veronika again at the end of her renewal course,
this fire was burning stronger than ever. Our conversation in Rome
continued where it had ended in South Sudan. She was full of enthusiasm
and plans for the mission in South Sudan. She knew the dangers involved,
the increasing violence of a never-ending conflict, and yet when asked
whether she was afraid, her answer made it obvious that her love for the
people and the Lord's mission in South Sudan was stronger than any fear
- not knowing that she would soon become a victim of the senseless
violence herself. The world and the mission in South Sudan will be much
poorer without her!
I will remember Sr. Veronika for her sincerity, her selfless
commitment, her kindness, her dedication and her humor as well. She was
ready to serve, happy to share the good news and support, and creative
in addressing the numerous challenges that such a special mission
Together with you and all our confreres, we thank the Lord for her
life. May He give to all those who grieve and mourn the grace and
strength to bear the pain knowing that Sr. Veronika will rest in His
United in the Divine Word,
Heinz Kulüke, SVD
From: SSpS Generalate
Date: 20 May 2016
Preciosa es la vida entregada por la misión
Precious Is the Life Given For Mission - WorldSSpS
Hoy, en el día de Madre Josefa, reciban
nuestros cordiales saludos.
Todas/todos nosotras/nosotros hemos estado orando mucho por
un milagro para Hna. Veronika Theresia Racková, quien luchó por
su vida hasta el final. Sentimos mucho tener que informarles su
fallecimiento acaecido a pesar de todos los esfuerzos realizados
por los equipos médicos.
Ella entrego su vida y murió por el pueblo de Sudan del Sur.
Unamos nuestras oraciones para que la entrega de su sangre y
muerte se transforme en semillas de paz para el pueblo de Sudan
del Sur y para todo el mundo. Encomendamos su alma a Dios Uno y
Trino a quien ella amó hasta el final.
Más adelante les haremos llegar más informaciones.
Unidas en oración por el eterno descanso de la Hna. Verónica.
Compartimos el dolor con las hermanas y hermanos en Sudan del
Sur y la hermanas en Eslovaquia, como también el dolor de su
propia hermana Paula Racková.
Hna. Maria Theresia Hörnemann y equipo
From: Collegio Rector
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 03:25:11 -0700 (PDT)
RIP - È deceduta Suor Veronika Terézia Racková
P. Igor mi ha appena comunicato che Suor Veronica Rackova SSpS è
morta circa 40 minuti fa.
Ricordiamo lei nelle nostre preghiere anche ricordiamo la sua
famiglia e la Congregazione delle Serve dello Spirito Santo in questo
momento di dolore.
Come dice P. Igor: Speriamo che l’offerta della sua vita porterà
tanti frutti spirituali nella nostra famiglia spirituale.
Nico Espinosa, SVD
Rettore - Collegio del Verbo Divino - Casa Generalizia SVD
From: Sr. Maria Jerly Renacia, SSpS
Sister Dr. Veronika Racková SSpS in ICU
Dear Sisters, Brothers, Friends,
"The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom do I
The Lord is my life’s refuge: of whom am I afraid?" Ps. 27:1
We are grateful to all of you for being in solidarity with us in
prayers and loving concern for Sr. Veronika at this moment of pain.
Sr. Veronika in a critical condition, after being helped by the
Medical Team of Dr. Graham Poole in their Hospital in Yei, South Sudan,
was airlifted to Kenya by AMREF on 16th May 2016 and taken to Nairobi
Hospital directly. The AMREF ambulance reached the hospital at 9:15 pm
where Sr. Veronika was received and taken care of immediately by the
Medical team who were expectantly waiting for her arrival. Sr. Maria
Jerly and Fr. Albert SVD, the Provincial Superior of the Kenya –Tanzania
province, were also there waiting.
Sr. Veronika is in the ICU with strict monitoring and care. Since day
before yesterday, the medical staff attending her tried their best to
stabilize her. She has developed a severe infection due to the nature of
the injuries in her bowels which are affecting her very much. She is
unconscious until now with respiratory support and continuous cardiac
monitoring. Her kidneys are not functioning and her general condition is
deteriorating. She was so weak that they only attempted to operate her
yesterday morning. She endured the surgery, they found other
perforations, they cleaned and repair them but she is still very
delicate. When they brought her back from the operation theater she
developed again a cardio-respiratory arrest for about 5 minutes. We
witness it and were praying for her. She came back after resuscitation,
fighting for life. We were able to talk to the doctor assisting her and
were told honestly of her delicate and critical condition.
Yesterday, we were also grateful for the presence of the Slovak
Ambassador and Consul who came and spent 3 hours with us in the hospital
while waiting for the doctor attending Veronika to give us the report of
her condition. Together we were allowed to see Sr. Veronika and prayed
together on her bedside holding her hand and blessing her.
We continue to ask your prayers for God to grant her Jesus’ merciful
healing, asking too, for His compassionate love for the people who
wounded her. And for us, that we may be open to the Holy Spirit’s grace
in accordance to the Father’s will to accept with faith whatever may
happen in the coming hours of Sr. Veronika’s condition.
United with you in prayers and gratitude to God,
Sr. Maria Jerly Renacia, SSpS
Regional Leader of Ethiopia-South Sudan
From: Fr. Andrzej Dzida SVD
Prayer Request For Sister Veronica SSpS
I'd like inform you about shooting incident to our Sr. Veronica, our
doctor from St. Bakhita in Yei, South Sudan. Sr. Veronica from Slovakia
is actually only one pionner sisters remaining in SSD and she serve our
people 6 years (before she was in Ghana). She is very serious in
doctor/sister vocation and help people even at night.
Since one year in St. Bakhita Health Center we have also maternity
department. However, in some complicated cases with pregrancy delivery
like premature birth and cesar cutting the mothers are sending to
Harvest Hospital that is in suburbs of Yei. This is only one hospital
who has even equipment and incubators (for premature born).
In this day Sunday Pentacost (15th May) after our mass in Lainya with
Fr. Romy and Br. Vincent we celebrated late afternoon and evening feast
in Yei. We pray, eat and joy together.
At this day Sr. Veronica she was a little tired, because of her
duty at night, but she was ready to go with one of premature birth case
by ambulance to the Harvest Hospital.
Around midnigt was another case with pregnacy of twins and she
went alone. On her way back from hospital around 1.00-2.00am she was
shooted with many bullets in direction to ambulance. Five holes in the
car was finding. Unfortuntelly, one of the bullet gravly wounded our Sr.
Veronica. The bullet destroy internal part of stomach and hip.
Sr. Veronica was found thanks to anonymous call to Vicar General and
she was outside the car. After 7 hours surgery and adjustment she was
prepared to transfer to Nairobi hospital by plane. We with sisters
accompany Sr. Veronica to the Yei Airport at 5.30 p.m. From there she
and Sr. Nancy arrived to Nairobi.
I request for prayer for our Sr. Veronica who served in South Sudan.
I pray for her in the day of my patron St. Andrzej Bobola
/Andrzej Dzida Svd VMS-SSD/