Sisters of Saint Joseph of Annecy

My Life in Your Hands

It was Friday, December 3rd when the community on the Hill in Tambacounda welcomed many sisters from Basse, Lamin, and from different communities of the Senegambian Region to participate in the ceremony of thanksgiving for the Final Vows of Sister Donisia Gomez, Sister Raymonde's Golden Jubilee and Sister Germaine’s Silver Jubilee of profession. Some sisters arrived the day before to help in the preparations.

Friday night: a vigil of prayer for the Jubilee celebration brought together families, friends, associates and sisters into the chapel. We sang the psalms of worship and thanksgiving for the sisters’ lives of commitment and service to God and the dear neighbour. We then meet around the food bowls to share the couscous dinner.

Saturday morning: the families and the sisters gathered in the Chapel to pray morning lauds, followed by breakfast. At 9:30 the sisters and guests headed out to the Tamba Cathedral Mary Queen of the Universe where the spiritual celebration of the vows and the thanksgiving of our Jubilarians sisters was to take place. Fr.Théophile Bonang, was the main celebrant surrounded by fifteen priests from Tamba and its surrounding dioceses of Kolda, Dakar and the Gambia. The Jubilarians were to renew their vows during the celebration of the Eucharist.

At the end of the service our Jubilee Sisters were duly honoured in the African tradition of homage through the Senegalese custom of jubilation in song and dance. Then the guests themselves gathered at the Officers’ Club for lunch, music and dances which continued into the afternoon.

Saturday evening: that evening sister Germaine’s family welcomed delegations of the Gambia diocese and pastoral workers for the evening meal and the traditional dance of the masks. It was a great day of celebration for which we thank God for having given us these Sisters who have lived so faithfully, their commitment to God, the church/congregation in generosity, peace and joy.