It was a day of bliss to witness friends and well-wishers from near and far as 9 Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the church, SMMC had their perpetual vows, silver jubilee and 40th anniversary respectively in the Ho Diocese .The SMMC was founded in 1971 by Bishop Anthony KONINGS SMA the then bishop of the Keta Akatsi diocese.
Out of the 9 Missionary celebrating Sisters of Mary Mother of the church, SMMC, the Perpetual vows for six of them namely: Srs. Justina Mawuse AGBEKO, SMMC, Regina Esinu GBEMU, SMMC, Agnes Mercy NYATSOE, SMMC, Gifty Anastasia BLEWU, SMMC, Fancisca KUMEVOR, SMMC and Stephanie QUARSHIE, SMMC was to give them room to freely respond to a call by God by offering themselves in perpetual profession.
Meanwhile the three celebrating sisters Srs. Jane Frances QUACOE, SMMC and Rejoice Eugenia SEDEGAH, SMMC on the occasion of their silver jubilee as well as Sr. Sopha Mawutor SOGBEY, SMMC on her Ruby Anniversary took turns to renew their vows of Chastity Poverty and Obedience to GOD.
The celebration which took place at the Sisters Convent Chapel Sokode-Gbogame saw the presence of The Apostolic Vicar of Donkorkrom, members of the SMMC, priest and religious working in and outside the diocese, the lay faithful and well-wishers.
The Mother Superior, Rev Sr. Georgina Irene AKOTO during her welcome speech extended a warm greetings to all and sundry. “A consecrated life is a faith journey which requires determination, self-discipline and commitment and that it is a life full of challenges” if the individual stick to his/her own will and not the will of God.
The Emeritus bishop of Keta Akatsi Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony ADANUTY in his homily entreated all present to reflect on their mission from God.
He asked a rhetorical question that “does it mean that if a reverend sister decides to leave the sisterhood she had deceived the church”? And that “any attempt by Man to get closer to God is an attempt to become perfect.”
“Amos was a shepherd and by His special call he became a prophet. Joseph was a carpenter and by His special call he became a foster father of the son of God. Peter, James, John were fishermen but by special call or vocation they became apostles. Matthew was a tax collector but became an apostle”. “The mission that God gives you the more it is nearer to Gods own mission, the special the call”, Most Rev. Anthony ADANUTY added.
The soft speaking Bishop Emeritus Anthony told the sisters that as long as they are aware of their weakness and fragility they should humbly depend on God for support and that they need to have “a mad love for God “by clothing in love to bind them together.
DURING THE RITES OF PERPETUAL VOWS
The sisters were examined to test their readiness to dedicate themselves to God and to seek perfect charity. The litany of saints was sung to call The Holy angels and Saints to intercede for them.
Each candidate received The Vow Formula of Profession and a burning candle signifying their pledge of fidelity through life. The celebrating sisters renewed her vow of Chastity Poverty and Obedience to GOD forever. Together the sisters sung their covenant song as a response to God then one after the other, each signed the Vow Document which is placed on the altar of sacrifice to signify that her offering is united with the offering of Christ
The Emeritus bishop of Keta Akatsi Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony ADANUTY blessed the insignia which serves as a symbol for perpetual bond with Christ. One by one each sister received the insignia
The mother superior Rev Sr. Georgina Irene AKOTO confirmed that the six sisters are now full members of the Sisters of the Mary Mother of the Church congregation.
The Jubilarians one after the other re-dedicated themselves to God. All the nine sisters gracefully danced to offers their candle to Mary then Bishop Emeritus Anthony ADANUTY solemnly prayed and blessed the sister celebrants.
Priest and religious who concelebrate the Eucharistic celebration with Bishop Emeritus Anthony ADANUTY joined him to congratulate the sister celebrants of which parents friend and well-wishers were not an exception.