From 2018-05-15 to 2018-05-31

Religious Profession in Africa

As we were celebrating the feast of the Immaculate  Conception, it was a  privilege to celebrate at the same time the first profession of our two novices in the new  Mary Immaculate chapel. Slowly our chapel was filled with  people who had come to witness the ceremony. The mass was presided by Right Reverend Bishop Benjamin Phiri, the auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Chipata. In his homily the bishop explained how religious people should live the evangelical counsels in order to follow Jesus more closely.  He told the assembly that the acceptance of candidates into religious life is a gift to a congregation and to the Church.  After Holy Communion, the other MIC sisters present, renewed their vows as it is the custom on this feast day. 

After mass everyone gathered in the dining hall of our Development Centre  for a grand meal.  We concluded the ceremony with the final blessing by Bishop Benjamin Phiri.                                                                                           

         Chipata Zambia

From 2018-04-30 to 2018-05-30

Marie-de-la-Providence College in Napo

carried the Canadian flag while Fr. Roland Demers, godfather of the inauguration ceremony, and Sr. Gabrielle Tremblay , m.i.c. carried the Peruvian flag.  The banners were held high while everyone sang the national hymns of both countries.

The official speeches then followed, interspersed with folk dances performed by the students.  After the speech of Miss Maria Arroyo, Directress of the College, Mr. Quane took the floor.  Fr. Roland Demers provided the translation.  Mr. Quane insisted on the students’ privilege of having good infrastructures so as to be able to study and on the responsibility that will be theirs after their studies to share, in turn, with those who don’t have such infrastructures.

The students then went away and the guests went up for the blessing of the second floor and of the commemorative plaque.  The blessing was given by Bishop Noël Simard and Fr. Roland Demers.  The celebration ended with a reception wine and a fraternal banquet bringing together representatives of the Parents’ Association, the administrative personnel of the College, representatives of the teachers and the sisters of the community.

Following this ceremony, the Canadian guests came to share the meal with the sisters at the Provincial House.  A fraternal conversation prevailed around the table in simplicity and contentment.  The sisters, in turn, thanked the guests with typical Peruvian gifts.

Napo  Lima