By Sister Mary Mburu. SSND
The School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Province of Africa held the PDIC conference in Accra, Ghana in mid December this year. The conference which brings together all the sisters working in formation in the province was facilitated by Sister Kate Duval SSND. Sister. Mary Kerber,the provincial leader for Africa welcomed, thanked and blessed each of the sisters at the beginning of this meeting.
For all of us, it was a time of prayer, reflection and sharing, in which we invested ourselves into open and honest discussion regarding one congregational novitiate in Rome.
Participants at this conference took time to listen to the report presented by the sisters who had attended the PDIC meeting in Rome in August.The sharing of this report was followed by an interactive session of questions, comments and feedback for clarity .The interactive session was a moment of grace because it led to a better understanding of the implications of having one congregational novitiate for the province of Africa. It also provided a basis for our discussions we had at this meeting.
We commit ourselves to create a more welcoming, nurturing, and supportive environment for our women in initial formation.
It was a privilege to experience a day with Mrs. Millicent Togoh, an intercultural consultant and coach who spoke passionately about the dynamics and skills of intercultural living. The theme of her talk was based on Martin Luther King Jr’s words “We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools”.
Our days together were marked by a sense of joy, hope, open and sincere dialogue.