As the year marking the 70 years of presence of the Daughters of Jesus in Africa comes to an end, Sister Marie Thérèse Catusse dj, on mission in the Ivory Coast, shares with us some news about the mobilisation for the closing celebration in Cameroon.
With just a few days to go before the closing of the Jubilee of the arrival of the first Daughters of Jesus in Cameroon 70 years ago, we have some news about the preparations for this event… a long-distance race for some and a marathon for others.
The long-distance race …
For the organising committee led by Sister Chrescence Belaya, our Provincial, it has been a long-distance race. Sisters, lay Associates and friends have been hard at work for months now organising the pilgrimage and the closing ceremony in Ngaoundéré: logistics, transport, accommodation, food, entertainment, meetings, spirituality …
From the 9th to the 14th of December, a pilgrimage will leave the capital Yaoundé in the footsteps of the first missionaries of the Daughters of Jesus in Cameroon. It will take the participants by two different routes, that of Mayo-Banyo and that of the Upper Sanaga, to end up in Meiganga. The pilgrims will then make their way to N’Gaoundéré to visit the seventieth-anniversary village and make other discoveries.
Compared to the marathon
On the 17th of December a Mass of Thanksgiving Ngaoundéré Cathedral will bring the jubilee to a close. During this celebration, Sister Germaine Aoulassa, from Cameroon, will make her definitive commitment to follow Christ in the Congregation.
In Ngaoundéré a marathon has been underway since the 5th of November, with Sisters, lay Associates, and postulants going in turn, Sunday by Sunday, to all of the parishes of the city of Ngaoundéré and in Karna Mbé to raise awareness of this great event among as many Christians as possible. It has also been an opportunity to make known the Associates and to awaken a vocation to religious life, a call to take over for the future, by inviting those who are interested to get in touch with us.
Let us give thanks
The same good news resounds from parish to parish :
- Thanksgiving for the life given by our predecessors who arrived in 1953, which has borne fruit in Cameroon and beyond.
- Thanksgiving for this life that continues to germinate.
It’s good to be a Daughter of Jesus, it’s good to be an Associate of the Daughter of Jesus.
Let’s all be part of this thanksgiving through our presence and our prayers!
Sr Marie Thérèse Catusse dj,