School Sisters of Notre Dame – Africa

Transforming the World through Education

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Pope Francis brings the message of hope and healing to Africa.

Pope Francis is in Africa for  his maiden visit to these vast continent. Pope Francis chose to make his first stop  in Nairobi,  Kenya. A  choice that saw the country so excited to receive  the special guest.Plans to host  him have been going on for months. Both the government and the church have been working tirelessly to make the pontiff’s visit a success.

Pope Francis’s three days  in Kenya were packed with lots of meetings and activities. He attended an inter religious dialogue where he called on other religious leaders to work for peace. Pope Francis celebrated a special mass for the country at Nairobi University;a mass that was attended by thousands of Christians.  He visited the poor who live in the  slums of Kangemi, Nairobi and  in another event,he addressed dignitaries on climate change and environmental issues  at UNEP  headquarters in Nairobi .

On the last day of his visit , Pope Francis wowed thousands of young  gathered  in Kasarani stadium.This was their opportunity to tell the Pope about the challenges they face from tribalism, discrimination and radicalization to peer pressure.Here Pope Francis spoke off the cuff.He spoke passionately,honestly and was even a little  confrontational about these issues.  It was more of a counselling session. He left them with the message that corruption is an evil they need to eradicate from their society.

But for most  of us ,the best part was when the pope met with the clergy,religious and the seminarians. Putting aside his prepared text, the Holy Father spoke of the joy of a life of radical service to the Gospel and of the radical faithfulness to Christ that is the guarantee of happiness and success in ordained ministry and consecrated discipleship.More than 8000 persons were at this event. Among the audience were the School Sisters of Notre Dame who even got some  great shots of this great man.

While explaining what it means to be called; Pope Francis explained to the Bishops, priests, brothers and nuns that one must live like someone who has been chosen by Christ himself.

An official transcript of the Pope Francis’ extemporaneous remarks is being prepared. In the meantime, has a video of the Holy Father’s address, with side-by-side English translation provided by the Pope’s interpreter, Msgr. Mark Miles.

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Blessed with Richness of Diversity



Sister Lucy with her students from St Francis Girls Kiptere at a women’s day celebration

For Sister Lucy Clement Etim, being a School Sister of

Notre Dame has blessed her with the richness of diversity,

broadened her world vision and shaped her perspective.

Sister Lucy, who is from Nigeria, made her first profession in

Ghana and currently lives in Kenya. Her first call to religious

life came during her first Holy communion in primary school.

“I felt a special call to dedicate my whole life to Christ

with an undivided heart and mind in service and deep

relationship,” Sister Lucy said.

“What drew me to SSND was the simplicity of the sisters

when I first met them; the way they interacted with us

touched me; the hospitality and the kind of education that

they gave to us helped bring out the potential in each one.

I was helped to gain a lot of self-confidence and share my

talents with others and not feel shy. That was a significant

moment in my life and I was touched and wanted to be like

them to help others, serving God in that way as an educator.

“Today, I feel glad to be a School Sister of Notre Dame

and minister with a world vision that the world can be

transformed through education. The challenge of living

religious life for me is to what extent I should be involved

in the world to serve and witness against the diseases of

secularization, consumerism and divisions.”

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Sister Lucy poses with Sister Helen in Kiptere, Kenya,

Sister Lucy teaches mathematics  at St. Francis Girls Secondary

School in Kiptere, Kenya. Her responsibilities include

helping to coordinate the activities of the Shalom/Young

Christian Students club.

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Sisters Millicent,Terngu,Lucy,Eti-ini,Magdalene and Vera on their profession Day, July 2013