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”My soul magnifies the lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the gift of my vocation to Religious life.
Dear Sisters and Friends,
I am very delighted to share with you about my perpetual profession which took place in Senegal on the 23rd January 2016 in the parish of Mboro.
This event was a day of great joy, happiness and thanksgiving for the whole RNDM Congregation, especially for the Region of Senegal which harvested its first Senegalese fruit after 45years of mission and presence in this peaceful land, something to rejoice about and to be truly grateful to God for.
The 23rd January 2016, being the day of my final commitment to God and a special event in my life, will also remain forever an historical and meaningful date in the Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions. That is why, with a very humble and grateful heart, I thank the Holy Trinity who has chosen me to be the first Senegalese in the RNDM family, and as Mary, a woman of faith and courage, I said forever: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord let it be done with me according to your word” (Luke 1, 38)
Yes, my spirit rejoices in Jesus my Lover and I feel very happy for giving myself to him, to the Universal Church and to our Congregation. As Euphrasie Barbier, our great mother and model of missionary life, I am now ready to participate wholeheartedly in the Divine Missions with Zeal, Love, Simplicity, Humility and Generosity wherever I am sent.
Before ending, I would like to express, with a sincere heart, my appreciation for the presence of Sr Josephine Kane, our Congregation Leader, who received my vows, of Sr Crescencia Sun and of Bishop André Guèye of Senegal, which made my profession even more special. I am also grateful to the CLT, to the Region of Senegal and the entire Congregation which joyfully welcomed me, the first Senegalese RNDM. May we all continue to be one and to be Love forever. In a special way I thank my parents, family members and the people of Senegal for their generous hearts. My sincere thanks to the Province of France, which began the RNDM mission in Senegal in 1971, to the many RNDMs and other people of God, who have generously journeyed with me during these past nine years of my religious life. I pray that the same God who called me, may continue to send more Senegalese women.
With many blessings and gratitude:
Marie Rose Sene RNDM.