Final Commitment of sister Isabelle Dividai Siwa
In the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus
On October 3rd 2015 Sr. Isabelle made her final profession in the parish of Saint-Jean Djarengol of Maroua (extreme North of Cameroon), this specific region where there is so much insecurity due to the attacks of the Boko Haram. Despite this situation, the Daughters of Jesus bravely took the risk of going to surround their sister, her family and the population with their fraternal affection. We were warmly welcomed by the bishop of Maroua, the clergy, the religious sisters and the parishioners.
For Isabelle, to consecrate her whole life to the One she loves was a response to love with love: “I want to live of this very love of Jesus at the heart of my daily existence, witnessing to the Father’s tender affection for humanity.” At the end of the celebration, Isabelle is sent to a missionary community to live of the fire of love that Jesus came to kindle on earth. Two of our elderly sisters, in the name of all the Daughters of Jesus, symbolically passed on this “fire” that they themselves received: Sr. Denise, who journeyed with Sr. Isabelle, is celebrating 50 years of consecrated life and Sr. Henriette, 60 years. May this flame passed on to Sr. Isabelle and borne in communities, in our Provinces and throughout the Congregation and the church bring hope to our wounded humanity so threatened in its dignity.
Our presence there in the extreme North of Cameroon brought us in communion with these people who every day live in fear and anguish…
We were filled with joy to witness the happiness of Isabelle’s family who came in large numbers to accompany their daughter and sister in giving thanks for the gift of her life to the Lord and being totally at his service. To have been able to participate in this celebration brought some relief to this population living in daily fear. We thank the Lord for enabling us to be present in Maroua and for allowing Isabelle’s family and friends to relish a few days of joyous celebration. May our presence at Maroua be a visible sign of His loving care for his suffering people.
S. Germaine Aoulassa, fj