By Odong Richard & Ojok Robert
GULU- The congregation of the Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu (LSMIG) celebrated its 75th profession on Monday, January 6, 2020 at St Joseph’s Cathedral Gulu. During the profession, three sisters celebrated fifty years of their service to God, eleven celebrated twenty-five years of service and two made their final vows to serve in the congregation for life.
Rev. Sr. Martha Mary Acan from Kalongo Parish said she is grateful to reach this far having spent five years at formation stage and fifty years in the service. “First of all, I want to thank God for choosing me to be His apostolate now for fifty years. I ask Him today to continue making me His real apostolate so that I continue with His work of evangelization”, she said.
Rev. Sr. Lucy Judith Tino from Lira Diocese who celebrated 25 years in serving the congregation said she has all the reasons to rejoice about the day. “I feel happy to reach this day today because the Lord has helped me a lot to reach this far. I have a reason to rejoice because in my past life, I had lots of thorns in the journey much as there were moments that I also enjoyed. I think this is the day that the Lord has made for me to rejoice”, said Sr. Tino. Sister Corina Acheng from Lacor Parish celebrated 50-years of consecrated life and she has taken on care for the orphans.
Rev. Sr. Stella Akullu from Aduku Parish in Lira Diocese made her final vow. “This is the seventh year in the congregation and I am very grateful to the Lord for having made me reach this day. Today I am making my final commitment to the Lord saying I am ready to be his forever. That final conviction has been my own choice”, said Sr. Akullu. Judith Acen from Lira diocese also made her final vow.
Archbishop of Gulu, John Baptist Odama who was the main celebrate at the event encouraged the members to be the light and stay away from all that cause division among Christians. “Dear sisters, your number is now big, you are now over 300. This number is meant to be the women’s power for evangelisation. You are meant for the whole world. The light of Christ must shine in the world and Jesus”, said the archbishop.
The Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu was founded by Bishop Angelo Negri, a Comboni Missionary In 1936, The Congregation began with ten girls who felt the vocation to serve as sisters and were placed under the care of Rev. Sr. Angioletta Dognini, a Comboni Missionary Sister who became a co-founder of the congregation. End. firstname.lastname@example.org