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First Profession of First Cameroonian Sisters

Mvolyé Hill is located in the center of Yaoundé, Cameroon. Here in 1901 a group of Pallottine Missionaries, Fathers, Brothers  and Sisters, under the leadership of Bishop Henry Vieter, arrived to bring the Good News to inhabitants of  this region, the people of the Beti Tribe.

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In the Church of the Holy Spirit, built by the pioneer of evangelization Bishop Vieter, our two first Cameroonian Sisters: Ghislaine Koagne Ndeyo Makui and Stéphanie Boueda  Lonfo made their first profession before Superior General Sr. Izabela Swierad, on the Solemnity of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sr. Mirosława Włodarczyk, Provincial Superior, also participated in this event.

The main celebrant of the Holy Mass was the Archbishop of Yaoundé, Jean Mbarga, who moved the hearts of the faithful by the words of his homily, emphasizing that he participated in this event because of the historical remembrance of the First Missionaries (religious men and women) of the Pallottine Family.

Referring to the Gospel of the Day, he underlined that as Elisabeth, the cousin of Mary, waited for a long time for her descendant, also the Pallottine Missionary Sisters waited 124 years for their first vocation from Cameroon. The Archbishop also expressed his great gratitude to the Pallottine Fathers and Sisters for the work of the first evangelization.

A very special moment was the Act of Consecration of our novices: “I, Sister Maria Ghislaine, Sister Maria Stephanie… of my own free choice, dedicate myself completely to God and… I place myself at the service of the Church…”

Afterward the New Professed Sisters received their religious dress and a veil; they left to vest themselves, and returned wearing the Pallottine habit. Seeing them, the church was filled with shouts of joy, applause, and ovations:  What great things God makes in the hearts of his brides, and how he transforms and invites them toward his special love!

For Sr. Ghislaine this profession was a covenant with Jesus, and for Sr. Stéphanie the words of the Archbishop moved her, echoing like a call to give her life and to serve God with sacrifices like that of our Pioneer Missionaries.

“… only when the grain of wheat dies, it  bears fruit …” We who are present here accept these vows of first Cameroonian Pallottine Sisters as a fruit of sacrifice given by the "Mothers of  the Faith of the Church in Cameroon"- The First Pallottine Missionary Sisters.

We believe that God will create the desire in the hearts of many young women to dedicate themselves to Him.

 

Sr. Anna Kot, SAC

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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