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18 Sisters Take Their First Vows in LIRA

The Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church have welcomed 18 new sisters to their congregation.

The Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church have welcomed 18 new sisters to their congregation. The Bishop of Lira Diocese, Bishop Sanctus Lino Wanok, presided over the colorful celebration on Saturday.

Before being adorned in a veil and a cap with six buttons, the 18 novices renewed their faith and made a promise to chastity, poverty, and obedience. The first three buttons represent the trinity, while the last three buttons reflect the vows they have just made, a sign that they are now sisters.

They are from the dioceses of Kabale, Lira, Masaka, and Mbarara Archdiocese. The vows were taken for a year, after which they must renew their vows in accordance with the Missionary Institute of Mary Mother of the Church’s constitution.

Bishop Wanok urged the sisters to follow in the footsteps of the Virgin Mary by maintaining unity, rethinking their role in the world, and combating the anti-Christ.

He also counseled them to concentrate on God’s service, stating that once a pledge is taken, it is irreversible.

The Superior General, Rev. Sr. Sophia Assime, commended the parents for their unwavering support for the sisters, even while they were already members of the church. She urged the new novices and their parents to continue to serve the Lord faithfully by enhancing the quality of their lives.

Gerald Tusiime, a parent of one of the novices, praised the other parents for surrendering their daughters to serve the Lord and encouraged the religious ladies to persevere in carrying the Lord’s cross.

The Lira Diocese-based congregation was founded in 1970 by late Bishop Caesar Asili, the first Bishop of Lira Diocese, with only 14 sisters from the Diocese of Arua and Lira.

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