10 Apr 2019

“We make those in our care happy”

Sister Margarita Charri has lived in Shenstone for ten years. God blessed her not only with religious life but also with musical talent and she deeply enjoys playing the piano to our Hospitaller Family at Christ the King.

When did you realise you wanted to become a sister hospitaller?

I felt attracted to religious life since I was very little. When I was 15 years old I entered the apostolic school of the Sisters Hospitallers and when I learnt about their life caring for the sick, my desire to join the congregation grew.

The fact that a member of my family was already a sister hospitaller influenced my decision considerably, but it was mostly because of the example my parents had set as good Christians and the faith they had instilled in me.

It was mostly because of the example my parents had set as good Christians and the faith they had instilled in me.

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When did you join the English Province?

I did my novitiate in Ciempozuelos (Madrid) and six months after making my First Profession, I was sent to England, where I have been for 56 years.

Can you explain what your hospitaller path has been?

First, I was sent to Danbury (Essex) until I went to Spain for three months in order to get ready for my Final Vows. Upon my return, I had to go to St Augustine´s Home in Addlestone and I have spent most of my hospitaller life between Addlestone and London. Finally, in 2009 I was sent to Christ the King in Shenstone, where I have been ever since.

Could you explain some of the most rewarding experiences?

The most gratifying experiences I can think of have occurred whilst caring for the elderly; through small but very meaningful details: being able to offer them a bit of help, my love and company, to encourage them… to contribute to their happiness, especially through music. The residents in Christ the King have dinner in the living room twice a week and when it is over, I play some music on the piano and we sing popular songs of their time, which everyone knows, and this is something they really enjoy.

I believe that music is one of the best therapies for the elderly, especially for those who suffer from dementia, as I am sure it makes their inner world happier. You just have to look at their faces…!

Do you want to send a message to the Hospitaller Community?

The hospitaller life is wonderful. We make those who are in our care happy and that happiness is given back to us!

The most gratifying experiences I can think of have occurred whilst caring for the elderly; through small but very meaningful details: being able to offer them a bit of help... to contribute to their happiness, especially through music.
Sister Margarita playing the piano during World Day of the Sick