By Sr Magdalene Akpan and Sr Theodoah Ihiro SSND
“Through our life as apostolic women religious, we witness to the joy and challenge of following Christ. Gifted with God’s grace and drawn to our way of life, other women perceive within themselves God’s call to share in the life of our Congregation. We welcome these women and together with them enter into a process of discerning their call to be School Sisters of Notre Dame.” (You Are Sent. Par 43, Constitution of the School Sisters of Notre Dame)
In late November last year, young women (from different parts of Nigeria) gathered on the grounds of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) at Mbribit Itam community, Nigeria.
The aim of this gathering was to help these young women who are aspiring to join religious life begin to discern their call to this worthy life style through various seminars facilitated by SSND novices and sisters.
Apart from the formal sessions, young women participated in other day to day activities like cleaning and cooking.They were sensitive to each other’s needs; their caring spirit and attitude was admirable.
The last evening, which was set apart as social night, saw the young women explore their gifts and talents in songs, poems, dances and drama.
Kenya By Sr.Magdalene Akpan SSND
In Kenya, the Come and See Seminars took place in early December. Young women interested in knowing more about religious life came from different parts of the country.We converged in St. Francis School, Kiptere. The seminars are held each year in December . During these three days, we journeyed with these young women helping each of them listen and discern where God may be calling them.
Prayer, reflection and mutual interaction created a conducive environment for the participants to discern the movements of God in their hearts.
For these young women , this was an enriching experience ; a time to find answers for some their questions
On our part, we were touched and blessed by the presence of these young women during these days.