“Christ Jesus once said that the birds of the air have nests and foxes have dens but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. This is the Christ I meet in these disadvantaged women and men who have become homeless in Tokyo…Being with them is a process of discovering that human dignity and value beyond measure comes from the spark of life we carry within us: God’s own self-gift to each and every one of us.”
Sister Rachel Lauze from Lewiston, Maine entered Maryknoll in 1972 already a registered nurse. The following year she was assigned to Bandung, West Java in Indonesia where she began a community based health program in affiliation with the local hospital and the Borromeo Sisters until 1975.
On her return to the U.S she went for further studies and obtained an MA in Theology and a BA in Psychology. Following her call to a life of prayer and solitude in support of Maryknoll missioners and mission throughout the world, Sister Rachel entered the Maryknoll Sisters Cloister on August 8, 1981 and became a member of the Contemplative Community for fifteen years in the Center Cloister, in Gallop, New Mexico among the Navajo Indians, and in Udon Thani, Thailand where she and Maryknoll Sister Muriel Vollmer opened a house of prayer in 1991.
On August 8, 1998 Sister Rachel was assigned to active ministry in the Congregation and the following year to the Japan Region where she still works. Living in the metropolis of Tokyo Sister Rachel works with the staff and volunteers of Sanyukai, a non-profit organization, to prepare and serve food for homeless men and women. In this support center, one among others in Tokyo, they can serve up to 50 hot meals each day and on outreach days twice a week, they distribute lunches to perhaps 500 men who live in the public parks, and even a handful of women.
In another non-profit organization calledYou-I Home, Sister Rachel does Art Therapy in one of the shelters for homeless women putting into practice one of her many talents developed after obtaining a Certificate in Applied Art in 1994.