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RSHM Life: Final Profession of Sr Sipiwe Phiri RSHM

Final Profession of Sr. Sipiwe Phiri, RSHM

 

On Saturday, April 21, 2012 sisters in the Zambezi Region gathered in Choma, Zambia, to celebrate the final profession of Sr. Sipiwe Phiri RSHM. The theme of the Mass was “Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst …” (Jn.4:14)

Appropriate hymns in English, Tonga, Bemba, Shona and Nyanja were sung throughout the celebration.  It was a day filled with sunshine, prayer, and laughter as many of Sipiwe’s family, friends, as well as the Choma parishioners and the students and teachers from Chivuna helped us all to celebrate this wonderful occasion. The joyful reception afterwards took place on the grounds of St. Mulumba’s Special School.  Local musicians serenaded us throughout the afternoon.

Sipiwe is thirty two years of age and she comes from a family of eleven.  Her father and two of her siblings died a number of years ago.  Her mother, brothers and sisters as well as many members of her extended family participated in the beautiful Mass of thanksgiving which was presided over by Father Brian Chibulumu, a priest who grew up in St. Mary’s Parish, Choma, and who is a friend of Sipiwe’s.   Many sisters from other congregations as well as a number of priests from the surrounding area celebrated with us.  A number of local dignitaries also attended the celebration.

Sipiwe was accepted as a pre-novice in the year 2000.  In 2004 she made her first vows in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe.  After first profession she was missioned to Choma community for two years.  While there she worked at St. Mulumba’s Special School and later moved to the Lusaka Community.  She did her teacher training at Nkhrumah Teachers’ Training College in Kabwe, Zambia, and she presently lives in Chivuna and teaches in St. Joseph’s Secondary School there.  She also gives of herself untiringly as chaplain to the students in Chivuna.

 

Sipiwe is the fifth Zambian RSHM to make final profession.  Our first Zimbabwean Sister made her final profession last year, so we are very happy to have six finally professed local African Sisters in the Zambezi Region.  We need many more sisters to carry on the works of the congregation in Africa so we use all these occasions to speak about the importance of vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life.  

 

Margaret Treacy RSHM

May 2012


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