Nourished by Same Sap

17 Jul

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross has three news sisters, with the profession of perpetual vows by Sisters Jacinta, Lillian and Veronica. Hear their family names: Katusabe, Nyakaisiki and Fajardo. Their home countries and cultures are Ugandan, Ugandan and Nicaraguan. The Sisters of the Holy Cross has always had an international face in its missions and ministries. In the new sisters one sees the changing complexion of that face.

Father Moreau, the founder of the order, is oft quoted, “Holy Cross will grow like a mighty tree and constantly shoot forth new limbs and new branches which will be nourished by the same sap and endowed with the same life.” On July 16, standing in the presence of older sisters in wheelchairs and among jubilarians celebrating their 25, 50, 60 and 75 years in religious life the next day, Sisters Jacinta, Lillian and Vero, speaking with accents not farmed near the motherhouse in Indiana, spoke, “I ask to consecrate myself more deeply to God through a vowed life of chastity, evangelical poverty and obedience in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross all the days of my life.” They are the new limbs and branches, nourished by the same sap and endowed with the same life.

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