First Profession of Vows
Eight Novices from St. Charles Lwanga Province made their first religious profession of vows as Little servants of Mary Immaculate on Saturday 3rd December, 2016 at Kasisi Provincial Novitiate Chapel, Lusaka, Zambia.
The newly professed sisters are Emelda Ekennia, Victoria Omega Ameh, Lilian Zaccharia, Wezzie Gondwe, Puleng Mako, Evaline Gogiwa, Gloria Kamoto and Sr. Veronica Ramotse of Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.
The vows were received by the Provincial Superior, Rev. Sr. Sylvia Kagulura, LSMI
In her speech, the Provincial Superior encouraged the newly professed sisters to be women of prayer. “Never stop praying my dear sisters,” she said. She reminded the senior sisters about the enormous responsibilities they have for the junior sisters, that of instructing them and directing them towards their salvation.
The main celebrant, Fr. Thomas Zulu, Franciscan Capuchin in his speech asked the Provincial Superior and the councilors to tell the superiors in the communities to care for the newly professed sisters. “These eight sisters are not cheap labour, they are Little Servants of Mary Immaculate, they need to be loved, cherished, cared for, challenged, corrected and be given time to themselves to rest,” he said.
One week prior to the celebration of vows, the eight Novice Sisters took part in a week’s retreat in preparation for the big day. The retreat which took place at Kasisi Retreat Center was directed by Fr. Thomas Zulu.
Little Servants of Mary Immaculate Sisters from various communities, boys and girls from Kasisi Orphanage Community were present at the function.” It’s a blessing seeing young energetic women becoming religious sisters,” Sr. Anna Garwol commented.
After four years, a Little Servant of Mary Immaculate Novice makes First Vows, renewed each year for a minimum of five years. A photo gallery below contains images of the ceremony itself.