As we wait for the official opening of the jubilee year in Tunisia on December 16, 2018, our sisters and brothers have already celebrated it locally in different countries. Here are some pictures!
A jubilee is a joy like a light that cannot be put under the bushel, a contagious joy, a thanksgiving, a communion. Here in Oran we are entering this contagious-joy.
The preparations for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Missionaries of Africa and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa began in the various places where our communities are located and numerous activities are being organized to invite others to join us in the joy of celebration!
On Saturday September 8th the Missionaries of Africa in Namur, Belgium opened their doors to relatives and friends of the White Fathers and White Sisters from Wallonie and Brussels for a day of meeting and sharing.
Here we are on the threshold of our jubilee year…and Winooski community already had the joy of opening the celebrations! Looking at the past with gratitude, living the present with passion and the future with hope: This was our journey of the past three years towards our 150th anniversary!
Prayer God, our Father, on leaving this world, your son Jesus entrusted to his disciples the mission of proclaiming his message to all nations. A hundred and fifty years ago, inspired by your Holy Spirit, and led by a deep love for Africa, Cardinal Lavigerie founded our two missionary institutes for which we give you thanks. Under the protection of Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Africa, we have served you in love and joy. Forgive us our errors in the mission. Let your blessing protect all the peoples of Africa who proclaim your glory to the whole world. Renew us by the power of your Spirit, so that we may continue with zeal and passion the work that our Founder and our missionary ancestors have initiated. Amen
The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa in the Netherlands reopened the exhibition “The White Caravan” in the Religious Heritage Center of St. Agatha – a little village near Cuijk/Nijmegen.
Cardinal Lavigerie and the mission in the International Union of the Sisters’ Superiors General
In preparation to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Lavigerie Family, Sister Carmen Sammut, Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and President of the UISG (International Union of the Sisters’ Superiors General), talks to us about her particular work as president of the UISG.