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Five Sisters Make their First Vows

The Little servants of Mary Immaculate Sisters (LSMI) in Zambia have been reminded to treat the junior sisters in their communities with great love and understanding.

Rev. Fr. Thomas Zulu, O.F.M. Cap

Rev. Fr. Thomas Zulu, O.F.M. Cap

Speaking when he celebrated mass at Kasisi Novitiate Chapel for newly professed sisters, Fr. Thomas Zulu advised the senior sisters to take good care of the young sisters.

Reading the LSMI Constitution which says, “The junior members as the hope of the community’s future will be treated by senior sisters with great kindness, gentleness and understanding their different outlook and encouraging them by kind words, good example and prayer to persevere in vocation”, Fr. Zulu urged all senior members to genuinely follow their constitution by treating well the junior sisters.

Fr. Zulu further said without the juniors, there would be no hope in the congregation and in the communities.

“Junior sisters are a gift to a congregation, to a community and are a hope. I think you must be proud that this hope can be seen that there young people who are becoming little servants of Mary Immaculate”, he said.

Newly professed sisters receiving crosses

Newly professed sisters receiving crosses

“In Africa we say that it takes the whole village to raise a child and if that is true then you sisters know including temporally professed junior sisters know that for someone to grow into holiness and to be found worthy it takes the whole community”.

Fr. Zulu called upon the sisters to lead by good examples.

He said, “Our general minister says there is a problem in the capuchins order and the problem is not the temporally professed brothers, the problem is among the finally professed brothers and because it is a problem among the finally professed brothers, there is a problem in post novitiate and I think he has a point. Take for instance if a community of finally professed are always at each other and there junior sisters, who is creating a problem? The temporally professed will be looking at the good example that the community is giving,” Fr. Zulu challenged.

He added, “the Lord says I have not finished with you even if you are finally professed you are like clay in my hands, I have the right to do whatever I want with you. And so we ought to be there for one another, to help one another,” Fr. Zulu said.

Fr. Thomas Zulu also challenged the junior sisters to be simple and obedient to the elders.

“Making profession does not mean that, that one now she is going to face it because I am professed, no. Making a profession is saying that Lord mould me, lord make me a loving person, make me a little servant in this congregation so that I may be a mirror and I may mirror the love of God, the compassion of God, the generosity of God to others,” Fr. Zulu said.

Fr. Zulu added, “a one who is not listening, one who thinks because I am professed and I shall not listen to a finally professed sister , you are mistaken because finally professed sisters have what you don’t have, experience. Profession is not getting a page of competition, no. Profession is saying Lord you have called me and here I am I want to serve you so that I may be found worthy,” he said.SONY DSC

Fr. Zulu asked the congregation to pray for newly professed sisters that when life becomes difficult they may remember the day they made their first commitment. “Pray for them that they may give themselves the best of themselves. Pray also that they may know that this is not the end but they should continue making perfect that which should sprout in them so that they may also help us if our seeds are dying within us,” he asked.

‘That is why when the lord in the gospel says about the Galileans and those others who were killed he says unless you change you shall all perish; what shall we change? Our attitudes towards one another, our behavior and our way of speaking even our way of thinking of one another, we ought to change,” Fr. Zulu emphasized.

The five sisters who made their first vows were: Perpetual Ihezie (Nigerian), Basilia Chilaka (Nigerian), Maria Joseph (Tanzanian), Carren Mwape (Zambian) and Grace Amos (Tanzanian).