11th October 2013, Entebbe - Region of Uganda/Kenya/Congo
We the sisters of the Region of Uganda/Kenya/Congo, thank God for the gift of our beloved sisters Mary Thairu and Stephanie Kokumanya, who made their final profession in the congregation of Sisters of Mary Reparatrix on the 11th of October 2013. Sr. Stephania comes from Entebbe parish, Kampala arch diocese in Uganda and Sr. Mary comes from the arch diocese of Nyeri, Kenya.
On this wonderful day in the lives of Maria and Stephania, the ceremony took place in Sacred Heart Church Entebbe Parish and was presided over by His Lordship Christopher Kakooza, the Auxiliary Bishop of Kampala Archdiocese who concelebrated with Bishop Charles Martin Wamika of Jinja diocese with a number of priests from within Uganda and Kenya
In his homily, the Bishop centered his words on the importance of the consecrated life in our church today. He also challenged the Congregation to sustain our commitment by striving to imitate Jesus. He congratulated the newly professed sisters, and encouraged them to continue working in the vineyard of the Lord, praying for all people because it is the main work for those who are consecrated to the Lord.
After the homily, Mary and Stephanie, moved forward to make their perpetual vows, it was a grace-filled moment as the entire Congregation called down the ‘hosts of heaven’ to aid them take the giant stride of final commitment.
They overjoyed when the Regional Superior S. Annette Namugambe welcomed them as members of the sisters of Mary Reparatrix by the following words; “…we will continue to love you and to support you in your faithful response to the call of reparation with Mary.” Indeed, the joy they felt was beyond words as the invitation they had when they left their homes to join sisterhood was made real.
In their speech, the newly professed sisters, were very grateful to the Lord for choosing them to serve him in his vineyard though they were not the best people around their home areas to be chosen by God. It was through God’s love that they were chosen. They appreciated the whole congregation for the sacrifice they made in educating, forming and helping them to answer to God’s call.
At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, photographs were taken, followed by a beautiful reception on the grounds of Entebbe Parish.
It was a pleasure, welcoming the two sisters and their guests to the reception after mass, which took place at the parish gardens of Entebbe. When all the guests had sat-well in their places, we received entertainments from different groups of people. It was joy seeing the young and old ones together, dancing, and singing, for God had done wonders (Luke 1:49).
We shared a cake as we congratulated our two sisters and had our lunch as entertainments were going on. We thank God for the success of this day and for all the blessings bestowed on our region and our entire congregation at large. Thank you all for your prayers and support. Once again, Congratulations Sisters Mary and Stephania! “May the work God started in you, be accomplished in him.”