Category Archives: Health and Social work

As part of the love for creation and for the benefits of nature’s gifts, many of our sisters encourage the use of two particularly beneficial trees: Artemisia and Moringa. Artemisia Annua from the large Asteraceae family which also includes tarragon and wormwood, is a plant widely distributed in China. They are plants used for more than 2000 years in traditional Chinese medicine to fight against fevers and viruses. In 2015, Chinese researcher Tu Youou won the Nobel Prize for her research into the effectiveness of Artemisia Annua extracts against malaria. Moringa Oleifera, native to India, thrives in particularly dry and arid soils. In the Nile Valley, Moringa is also known as “Shagara al Rauwaq,” literally “tree that purifies.” Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, it gives the power to fight more than 300 diseases, including colds, diabetes, and high blood pressure or to stimulate the immune system. Moringa leaves contain…

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women in delwende spinning cotton

MSOLA community of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) Sr Vickness Nangongo Muleya, MSOLA. In Delwende (Ouagadougou) Sr Vickness Nangogo Muleya, director of the Delwende Center in Sakoula, asked to stay at the center during the pandemic, in order to accompany the rejected women accused of witchcraft and to ensure their protection against Covid-19. The Delwende center welcomes mostly women, but there is also a few men who have been chased from their villages accused of witchcraft. Sr Vickness shares her experience: « I saw their faces light up and at the same time they were surprised that I came to stay with them at this difficult time. They were surprised to see me there the whole day and night but their faces were shining. In my heart it was like a dream and I was in awe of what was happening. The first night I prayed in the hangar because my room was…

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MSOLA Bunamwaya community (Kampala – Uganda) Throughout the year Sr Theopista and the prepostulants have participated regularly in praying the Rosary, the Way of the Cross and in other celebrations and activities in two special plac in our area : at Namugongo Bunamwaya and Lost City (two disadvantaged areas). These are the places where people, especially youth, addicted to drugs and alcohol, live with their families. In collaboration with Mr. Richard Yiga, the leader of laity of the subparish, we aimed at helping them in behavior change. Occasionally one or the other members of the community joined the Group. Only our presence and listening attitude made those people feel accepted, respected and loved. They were proud of having sisters interested in them and participating in celebrations organized by them. At one moment, Theopista participated in the organization of a treatment camp for those who wished to finish with their addictions. It was sponsored by…

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Kenya

MALINDI IS A CITY LOCATED 120 KM FROM MOMBASA (KENYA). With its salt pans, unpaid workers and growing Chinese population, it is booming. Today it has 18 parishes with 38 priests including 14 diocesan, 2 Fidei Donum, 64 Sisters, 22 Religious and 11 seminarians. Located on the Indian Ocean coast, Malindi is heavily affected by human trafficking, a new form of slavery. Also, our primary conviction is that education is an important factor in eradicating this phenomenon, and in supporting victims. Admittedly, microfinance projects already contribute to raising the standard of living of this population, but a global approach is also necessary to achieve this goal. The Catholic Church and the other religions have undertaken to collaborate in this, in particular through the Centre: “Pope Francis Rescue Center”, which already exists in Malindi. THE MOTTO OF THE RESCUE CENTER IS: “TO LOVE AND SERVE”.Officially opened on July 21, 2015, its…

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After a few years of presence of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa in Mexico, the time to leave this country has arrived and the sisters who lived there share with us their experience.

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sr Anafrida with Lepers 5

sr Anafrida with Lepers 5 Jamani sista waambie: “Asanteni sana, Mungu awabariki!”

Please sister, tell them: “Thank you so much, may God bless you abundantly!”

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PROSAMI 2

PROSAMI 2

The story tells how MSOLA – Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa- keeps close to her heart the cause of the woman in the world;

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Pour être une femme apôtre, une femme prophète, il faut d’abord sortir de soi-même, aller vers les autres qui ont besoin d’être écoutés, afin de partager leurs soucis, leurs désirs et lutter avec eux contre les injustices en risquant tout pour défendre les sans voix et sans défense, « parce que Dieu lui-même est de leur côté ».

Pour nous, celle qui sait regarder au-delà des apparences, qui est capable de voir l’action de l’Esprit dans les cœurs des personnes avec lesquelles elle vit. Elle est capable de découvrir et d’apprécier les talents des autres. Elle vit constamment la profondeur de sa relation de Dieu, toujours à l’écoute, attentive aux signes des temps, vivant le discernement pour accomplir la volonté de Dieu. Elle peut aussi être vue comme une menace, car elle provoque les gens à réfléchir et à agir. Elle est capable de dénoncer l’injustice, de lutter contre le mal, de risquer sa vie pour défendre les « sans voix ».

Dans ses écrits, le pape François encourage toutes les consacrées à aller aux périphéries existentielles. Il nous dit que « le prophète se tient habituellement du côté des pauvres et des sans défense, parce que Dieu lui-même est de leur côté. » Pendant la courte expérience dans notre Congrégation, nous avons vu que ce prophétisme se manifeste sous différentes formes. D’abord en entendant parler les gens du travail de nos sœurs aînées, par exemple du centre de rééducation des handicapés à Ouagadougou ou des sœurs infirmières qui ont visité et soigné les malades dans leurs familles au Burundi, nous avons senti que cela est un témoignage de l’amour compatissant de Dieu.

Dans notre apostolat au centre des lépreux, nous voyons souvent la joie des malades. Eux-mêmes disent qu’il n’y a pas beaucoup de personnes qui osent leur rendre visite. La situation est semblable au centre Delwende où nos sœurs s’engagent pour défendre les femmes accusées de sorcellerie et rejetées par leurs familles. Elles osent parler et même s’opposer aux gens du gouvernement, aller dans les villages, parler avec les chefs, sensibiliser les gens pour qu’ils puissent changer de mentalité.

Les novices de Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.

Vocation et discernement : contacts et adresses pour chaque pays

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