News from Vietnam and Lubumbashi

Perpetual profession in Vietnam

June 25, 2022 was a day of joy and thanksgiving for the Region of Our Lady of La Vang in Vietnam and for our Congregation, as six of our Vietnamese Sisters pronounced their perpetual vows during a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Archbishop Joseph NGUYEN Nang, the Archdiocese of Saigon. They are Sisters Teresa Phuong, Teresa Le, Maria Thao, Anna Lien, Anna Thang and Anna Thuy.

During his homily, Bishop Joseph NGUYEN addressed the young professed sisters, saying that the definitive commitment to religious life as a follower of Christ is only the beginning of an adventure, the scope and depth of which will only be discovered and understood as one grows older.

Many priests and religious, benefactors and friends, as well as family members of the newly perpetually professed sisters joined them in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for the wonders of His love and all the blessings He has showered upon them. Srs. Roshni Barla and Kim Chi Duong from Generalate were also present for the occasion.
The Holy Mass was followed by a festive meal, accompanied by a colourful cultural programme, performed by the Sisters and the postulants of the Region.

We offer our sincere congratulations to the perpetually professed sisters and assure them of our prayerful support.

From left to right : Sisters Teresa Le, Anna Lien, Anna Thuy, Anna Thang, Maria Thao and Teresa Phuong

Celebration of jubilees and perpetual vows in Lubumbashi

On 2 July 2022, Sisters Suzanne MULEKWA KIZYALA, Céline KAYAMBI MUNSONGO and Christelle KAPYA KYONDWE from the Province of St Vincent de Paul, D.R. Congo, made their final commitment to the Lord in Lubumbashi, in the presence of Sr. Lucy Jacob Palliam Pallithura, Superior General, who is currently in our Province of Saint Vincent de Paul for the canonical visit, accompanied by Sisters Cécile Ndaya and Rosily Matthew.

We also shared the joy of our Sisters Agnès MUMBA KANYAMPA and Viviane MANGEYA LUTA who are celebrating respectively the 60th and 25th anniversaries of their religious profession.

All the communities of Upper Katanga were represented at this celebration. We noted the presence of the Brothers of Charity, the Associates of the SCJM, other consecrated persons and the family members of our Sisters.

The Eucharistic celebration took place in the Parish of Our Lady of Peace in Gécamines. It was presided over by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Lubumbashi, Mgr. Emmanuel MUMBA. He was accompanied by twenty-four priests and a deacon.

In his homily, the main celebrant emphasized the mission of the prophet which is to destroy and rebuild, to uproot and plant. This means destroying evil and building good; uprooting evil and planting good, provided that we remain united to Jesus Christ as the branch attached to the vine.

After the mass, the festive meal took place in the P.J. Triest hall of Tshondo High School.

From left to right : Sisters Suzanne Mulekwa, Céline Kayambi and Christelle Kapya

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