Monday, May 27, 2013

Greetings from Kenya, Nairobi in Africa


Greetings once again from me in Nairobi. I just wanted to share with you about a joyful celebration we had recently. Our first two Kenyan Sisters, Sr. Maria Kimani and Sr. Mary Manje, celebrated their Silver Jubilee and renewed their vows during a beautiful mass. Our novices made it more solemn with their liturgical dances during the entrance, offertory and recessional. The chapel was over flowing with relatives and friends, plus all of us. After taking pictures, we all went down to our big hall for a delicious lunch and entertainment by our novices.

Sr. Mary and Sr. Maria persevered and after making their two year novitiate, made their profession. During their Juniorate, they went for university studies in theology, spirituality and communications, etc. Before they made their final vows, they were sent to Rome for a five month preparation course, along with all the other sisters from the many different nations who were also preparing to make their final vows. On their return to Nairobi, we had a huge celebration at their parish where they pronounced their final vows.

During these past twenty five years, both Sr. Maria and Sr. Mary were very active in our mission and had fulfilled many different responsibilities. Sr. Mary had been the Junior formator for awhile, and was the superior both in Tanzania and Kampala for many years. Sr. Maria was the formator of the postulants and then was appointed to be our regional superior for three years.

It is such a great grace for me to have participated in the lives of these two beautiful sisters. They were the seed and beginning of a large community of  African sisters who, during these years, have joined them in our congregation. The first attachment shows our Nairobi community of Professed sisters and as you can see, we are from many different countries - Kenya, Nigeria, Congo, Cameroon, Rwanda, Pakistan, India, Italy and the United States. In the second attachment, Sr. Mary is on the left of me and Sr. Maria on the right.

I thank God everyday for having made me part of this beautiful community in which I was present and saw growing during all of these years, and I ask you to please pray for us. All of you and your families are remembered in my daily prayers. May God bless all of you in a very special way.

Yours in Christ,

Sr. Mary Augustine
Daughters of St. Paul,
Nairobi

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