Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Matero
The morning of April 9th was a very special time for Sister Leona Kosowska (60th Anniversary) and Sister Prisca Chiradza (50th Anniversary) as the community organized a special thanksgiving mass at community level for them to celebrate their Jubilee celebrations. The Holy Mass was held at St. Mary’s Mother of the Redeemer (Matero) Parish in Lusaka.
In attendance was guest of honour the Provincial Superior of the Little Servants of Mary Immaculate (LSMI) Rev. Sister Sylvia Kagulura, Assistant Provincial Superior, Rev. Sister Exildah Kabaso, Rev. Fr. John Mujdrica, S.J, parishioners and well-wishers, friends, family members from home and abroad and several LSMI Sisters from different communities of Zambia. The function was also graced with the presence of the French Ambassador, Emmanuel Cohet.
The two sisters were accompanied by the other two Jubilarians; Sister Consolata Mwelwa from Moomba Parish (50th Anniversary) and Sr. Maria Mwanza (25th Anniversary) from St. Maurice Parish.
The parish Priest, Father Lastone R. Lupupa, S.J was the main celebrant assisted by Rev. Fr. John Mujdrica, S.J.
An impressive and inspiring sermon on life with the Lord and how to take care of the senior sisters was delivered by Rev. Fr. Lupupa, S.J.
The event was a very happy one full of Joy. Many people testified to having been blessed with the ministry of the two sisters.
The Provincial Superior, Sr. Kagulura who officially welcomed the guests, congratulated the two sisters for being faithful and committed to their vocations. She thanked the Local Superior, Sr. Beatrice Mumba for supporting the vision of the two sisters.
‘Sr. Leona and Sr. Prisca have inspired me through their dedication to the work of charity, prayer life and the sense of belonging,’ she said.
Sr. Rabecca Mwale a community member said the two sisters have been a blessing to the community and to a number of many vulnerable people.
“I am always encouraged to see Sr. Leona at her age cooking food for the old people and the young ones. Sr. Prisca running up and down at her age to see that all is in place at school,” she said.
Sr. Chiradza, in her speech said religious life is a journey.
“Jubilarians have journeyed with Christ, joyfully, and our life is a joyful mystery with Christ”.
She added that there is no gold without being purified, neither is there a rose flower without thorns. “… In our religious life we are reflecting and trying to follow the words of St. Paul who said, “May I know Jesus and experience the power of His resurrection and share in His sufferings and become like Him”.
Sr. Leona also in her short speech at the reception thanked everyone for coming, “a hearty thank you” and ‘may the Lord reward you abundantly with His choicest Blessings for having participated in creating His wonderful, unforgettable Day’.
The reception was packed with entertainment from Muthunzi Cultural Group, songs were provided by Sonia and Sr. Leona’s children.