News of African Sisters

Novices (left to right): Regina Napareng from Kenya, Felicity Namakula, Marie Stella Nabweteme, Josephine Nabirye and Juliet Nakavuma all from Uganda.

Our readers will recall that in the last article we shared a little from the SMR General Chapter which took place in Loyola, Spain in May 2013. The invitation from this Chapter is a renewed focus on the “internationality” aspect of our congregation. Accordingly this month we want to share wonderful news from our sisters in Africa and the Islands of Mauritius and Madagascar. Currently there are approximately 600 Sisters of Mary Reparatrix with about 130 living and ministering in Africa and these Islands with the novitiate being in Nairobi, Kenya.

We are very pleased to share that on August 15 these five novices made their first profession of vows as Sisters of Mary Reparatrix. This means that for a two year period they promise to live the vows of Religious Life: poverty, chastity and obedience.

In baptism we are all called to live a life of holiness. These vows help an individual to put this baptismal call into practice.

Photos (left to right): Juliet Akware from Uganda, Esther Kessy from Tanzania and Florence Mulwa from Kenya.

On the same day there are three sisters who have already made their first profession of vows will renew their commitment for another two year period.

We invite you to remember in prayer these women along with other men and women who are in process of discerning their life time commitments. “There are different gifts but always the same Spirit.” (1Cor 12:4)

Margaret Hoey