And Sister Myrel Moss Retires…
She speaks to us about the Institution on THINK ON THESE THINGS <Click the link to listen
The exciting ministry of the Church Army (CA) which attracted Sister Myrel Moss at an outdoor Mission Service in the 1950’s continues to influence her work today as Superintendent of
St. Monica’s Home in Chapelton, Clarendon.
Service is second nature to this “mother” of the Home’s 24 residents. A former member of the Anglican Young People’s Association (AYPA) and Daughters of the King (DOK) at St. Stephen’s Church in St. Margaret’s Bay, Portland, she took up Church work at an early age. She also recalls accompanying her mother on her frequent visits to the indigent; and, on weekends, taking food prepared by her mother for needy members of the community.
On graduating from Titchfield High School, she relocated to Kingston and assisted the pioneers who were establishing the Church of the Resurrection in Duhaney Park, before leaving in 1969 for the Church Army College in England. She returned home in 1972 and was commissioned at a Service at St. Luke’s Church, Cross Roads. That same year, she took up duties at St. Monica’s.
“The Church Army prepares us to find solutions to problems, trusting that with God’s help all things are possible; and he has made a way indeed,” she notes.
Sister Myrel says the turnaround in the life of her young charges because of the Gospel is one of the greatest achievements of St. Monica’s Home.
“I have been manager, mother, teacher, counsellor, doctor, nurse, judge and jury in the effort to restore shattered lives and bring wholeness and purpose to these youngsters so they can feel God’s love. Just to see what becomes of each child at the end of the programme makes it all worthwhile,” she notes.
Still energetic after 46 years on the job, Myrel Moss also serves as Chalice Bearer at St. Paul’s Church, Chapelton and does preaching duties at St. Mark’s Church, Beckford Kraal.
For relaxation, she enjoys sewing linen for church, playing the ukulele, cooking and writing poems.
She is married to Wesley, a retired civil servant, teacher and social worker; and they have two grown children, Kerry-Anne and Hugh.