On Saturday morning, 16th May 2015, the Little Servants of Mary Immaculate Sisters (LSMI), held a grand opening ceremony for their new convent. On the same day two sisters; Theresa Ziwa and Elizabeth Phiri celebrated their golden and silver jubilee.
The function began with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. James Brandy.
In his introduction to the Eucharistic celebration, Fr. Brandy emphasized the importance of the presence of the sisters at the Good Shepherd Parish in Momba, Lusaka.
“The sisters have come to be part of our parish and we know that our children, our grand children and future generations will benefit greatly from their presence among us,” he said.
Fr. James further encouraged Christians to be always part of Jesus Christ in order to bear fruits. “It is only by allowing Jesus Christ to be part of us that we will bear fruits. It’s from that, that we will get our strength, our wisdom and our peace”, Fr. James emphasized.
“We are here today giving thanks for those years because the sisters remained part of Christ, they remained part of his plans. They remained part of him by following the three vows of
Chastity, Poverty and Obedience,” he said.
Fr. James challenged people who think that religious life has no problems. “Sr. Ziwa has spent 50 years in the congregation, don’t think that just because she joined religious life she doesn’t have problems; no. Life is full of problems for everyone,” Fr. James stressed.
Fr. James urged the parishioners to always support the sisters and to remain united.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Superior, Rev. Sr. Sylvia Kagulura thanked Rev. Fr. James Brandy for making it possible for the Congregation of the Little Servants of Mary Immaculate to have the dream of opening Momba community a reality.
She said Fr. Brandy is the one behind the construction of the new convent and has passionately and generously made it possible for the sisters. “We are very indebted to him for his initiative, and contribution to establish this convent here in Momba,” said Sr. Kagulura.
Sr. Kagulura said the congregation will never forget Fr. James for his contribution to the development of the LSMI congregation in Charles Lwanga Province.
The Provincial Superior also thanked the people of Momba for the warm welcome they gave to the sisters and the support they are rendering to them. She asked the Christians to maintain the good spirit and to do even more.
“How can we repay the Lord for all the great good done for me?” Psalm 116:12