The Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church, a Religious Missionary institution in Ghana has launched her Golden Jubilee celebration at Sokode Gborgame on the theme “Celebrating God’s Gift to the Church.”
The Anniversary launch on Saturday, December 19, 2020 was preceded with a Mass presided over by the Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD, Bishop of Ho and concelebrated by the Most Rev. Gabriel A.A. Mante, Bishop of Jasikan and the Most Rev. Anthony Adanuty, Bishop Emeritus of Keta-Akatsi Diocese.
The Mass was attended by the SMMC Sisters, Priests from far and near, the Religious, Seminarians and the lay faithful.
The Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church was established by the late Bishop Anthony Konings, SMA on January 6, 1971 in the then Keta Diocese which later became the Keta-Ho Diocese of which three Dioceses were carved, Ho, Keta- Akatsi and Jasikan.
Bishop Anthony Konings established the Institute for the missionary works of the Church and their apostolate which include teaching, healing and social ministry.
In a homily, Bishop Fianu congratulated the SMMC on their achievements, saying “I congratulate you for your fifty years of being God’s gift to the Church as you launch the jubilee celebration today.”
He urged the SMMC to always seek the face of God in difficult times and keep in line with the call on the Church to be consecrated women of the Church.
According to the Bishop, the theme for the jubilee reflected the self-donation of the SMMC Sisters as consecrated women and told them that they are God’s gift to His Church as they carried out their diverse ministries.
“This self-donation would be effective in the measure in which each of you offers and gives yourself to mission in an authentic and faithful consecration,” he told the Sisters.
“May the Lord who has called you to serve Him in His Church and humanity move you on to greater service,” he added.
Launching the Golden Jubilee, Sr. Lucy Hometown, the Superior General of SMMC, expressed gratitude to God for the journey so far and asked for God’s continuous blessings upon the Institution.
She was grateful to the Our Lady of Apostles (OLA) Sisters who were the initial Formators, Bishop Francis Anani Lodonu, the Emeritus Bishop of Ho, the Catholic Bishops of Ho, Keta- Akatsi and Jasikan Dioceses and Donkokrom Vicariate.
“We cannot write our history without the Society of African Missions (SMA). We are forever grateful to you and we hope to continue to collaborate in our missionary and apostolic work for the growth of the Church,” Sr. Hometowu said.
As part of the Anniversary, the following activities would be held: visit to the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto dubbed “at the feet of Mary,” Spiritual Retreat, Joint Health Walk and Health Screening by Priests and Religious and Visit to lepers home and the Prisons, Fun Games with the Youth and climax with a Mass in September 2021.
The Institute began with seven young women and out of whom four are still strong and active in various apostolates. They are Sr. Georgina Fuglo, who later became the first indigenous Superior General for 15 years, Sr. Arcade Eleeza, Sr. Philothea Osibe, Sr. Margaret Adukonu.
The rest are Sr. Margaret Owuatu, Sr.Teresa Antwi and Sr. Petrina Salakpui.
The institute currently has 99 Professed Sisters where 76 are in final vows and 23 are in temporal vows. Currently, the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church are working in the Dioceses of Ho, Keta-Akatsi and Jasikan and Donkokrom Vicariate.
Source: Daniel Orlando// Newatchgh.com