Your Word is a lamp for my steps - Psalm 119

This is the phrase that has accompanied our dear Sr. Dores in the celebration of her  50 years of consecratio . In fact, in simplicity and in the light of His Word, on Sunday, 11th September, together with some lay people, we gathered around Sr. Dores to celebrate and to give thanks to the Lord for these 50 years of graces and blessings.  

On Saturday evening we gathered for a moment of prayer during which Sr. Dores has given us a beautiful testimony of life.
Testimony made with such simplicity and naturalness that almost no longer needed words, the mere presence of Sr. Dores spoke about her great love for Christ and for the mission.

During the homily of the holy Mass, the celebrant, immediately noticed the simplicity of Sr. Dores , adding that, if the participation in this celebration were allowed free, the Lomé stadium could not even contain all the people: both lay people, priests, nuns, and children, young and old, all people to whom the Lord has made himself close and manifested through the love and donation of Sr . Dores during these 50 years of consecration.

Great was our joy in giving thanks to the Lord for having sent Sr. Dores, almost 50 years ago here in Africa, and for having made her such a humble instrument of his Providence for all of us.

To you, Lord, our praise and our gratitude for your strong and faithful love that accompanied Sr. Dores up to this point; we entrust her to you again, so that you may continue to be the light for her steps and the joy of her heart.







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Get out of your land and go where I will show you

"Get out of your land and go where I will show you ...". These are the words of a song that for years accompanied the missionary mandate of priests and sisters who left their homeland to go on missions in another country.
And this is what we have experienced in recent days, almost simultaneously, in Rome, Lomé and Cochabamba.
Yes, because Sister Delia Breton and Sister Prisca Polo, both nurse-sisters just over forty, left the general house in Rome on August 16 and 17 for their new missionary destination: Sister Delia, a Bolivian, is the new gift for the mission in Togo and Sister Prisca, from Togo, is for the mission in Bolivia.
This is the fruit of the path of internationality that the religious Family has been carrying out for some time. Several sisters, in fact, have already lived their service of charity for years in a geographical and cultural context, different from that of origin, precisely by virtue of one mission to which we are all called with religious profession, but it is the first time that a Bolivian sister goes to Togo and a Togolese sister goes to Bolivia and it is the first time that this exchange takes place in same days.
In the attached photos we can see, in addition to the greeting of departure, the festive welcome reserved for the two sisters, a tangible sign of joy and fraternity; Sister Delia and Sister Prisca are clearly recognizable, one among the African faces and the other among the Bolivian faces.

Now that we know they have happily reached their destination, we leave them, as Father Luigi wrote at the end of his letters, 'in the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph', begging them to bless, guide and guard them.
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Did you call me? Here I am, Lord!

PROVINCE OF AFRICA 'SAN GAETANO' - LOME '/ TOGO

On 15 August 2021, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is marked by entrance to novitiate of five postulants, Bernice, Clémentine, Charlotte, Félicia and Thérèse.
During the short ceremony, a sign that distinguishes this stage of the formative journey was given to them: the crucifix. It is an invitation to conform to the Word of Jesus who asks to always follow Him, even when it can cost sacrifice, and it can only be done with love, as He did. The words of the Father also resounded in the hearts of the five new novices. St. Luigi who urges them to make their love grow for the Lord, by fixing their gaze on the Crucifix.

On 22 August 2021, three young aspirants, Aubine, Nina and Olga, began the first stage of their formation, the postulancy.
This is the stage in which one learns to become a disciple. A disciple is the one who listens to the Master, lets himself be instructed and guided by him; he learns to know his Master better and to love him. For the journey of Aubine, Nina and Olga, the most suitable tool that helps them to become good disciples of Christ is the Word of God that was given to them, together with a medal of Mary, the disciple par excellence, to guide them to his Son Jesus.


On 11 September 2021 was the day of the first profession of Sister Marie Christine and of Sister Marie Sosthène Sévérine.
The ceremony began the previous evening with a vigil that emphasizes the importance of the event: offering of life to the Lord by professing the three vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, before the Church.

On the day of the first profession our tradition of choosing a 'religious surname' that is both an expression of the spiritual experience lived and an orientation for life in the following of Christ, is significant. Sister Marie Christine chose to call herself 'of the love of the Good Shepherd' and Sister Marie Sosthène Sévérine 'of the Divine Will'.
The two newly professed sisters were given the Rule of Life, the text on which they will be called to model their life of fraternity and mission, and the religious habit, a sign of belonging to the religious family.


To the five postulants, Bernice, Clémentine, Charlotte, Félicia and Thérèse, to the three novices, Aubine, Nina and Olga, and to the two newly professed, Sister Marie Christine and Sister Marie Sosthène Sévérine, we wish that they may grow with joy in love of the Lord and in fidelity to His call.



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