AFRICA/D.R. CONGO - Missionary October: first profession of two young people among the Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saturday, 30 October 2021

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - During the Missionary Month of October, the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (ICM) had the joy of participating in the first religious profession of two Congolese sisters, Astrid Muita and Gracia Makobo. Mass was celebrated on Sunday October 10 in the community of Christ the King in Kinshasa, chaired by Father Edouard Tsimba, CICM, former Superior General, who in his homily underlined: "We can only follow Jesus with a free heart and freed from all worldliness ". He then invited the sisters to holiness: "Your heart must be occupied by the Lord, the Master".
The celebration, in which the families and friends of the newly professed took part, was attended by the priests of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and all the sisters of the Congregation, led by the responsible delegate, Sister Jeanne Kombe. Sister Kombe reminded the two young religious of the fundamental importance of the continuity between the experience lived in the house of formation and the community of life, inviting the newly professed to maintain the dynamism and the collaboration they have experienced in the years of initial formation and encouraged the parents to help Astrid and Grâce in the journey of life that has just begun. The two newly professed spent 4 years of formation in the Congregation, including 2 years of novitiate shared with 2 young Burundians who also made their first religious profession on the same day, but in their own country. The Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (ICM) is an international missionary congregation of pontifical right, founded in Mulagumoodu (India) in 1897, by Marie Louise De Meester. The African region of the Congregation includes Burundi, Cameroon, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is directed by 2 delegated leaders: Sister Jeanne Kombe (Congolese) and Sister Mariana (Cameroonian). (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 30/10/2021)