Final Profession of Sr. Mary Wanjihia FMSA

Entrance Procession, Mary (Right)

Entrance Procession (Sr. Mary on right)

I had the privilege of attending a thirty days retreat in preparation for my Final Profession.  This was a very special time for me - a time of transformation and many graces.  After the retreat I had few days for preparation for the 8th December (Feast of Immaculate Conception) the day I was to take my vows.

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Sr. Mary, in Kikuyu dress, joins her parents
The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Pastoral Centre in Nakuru, Kenya. The occasion was graced by the presence of representatives of  my Franciscan Sisters, members of my family and friends who travelled to support me and witness  as I commit myself to God and FMSA for life.

The ceremony started at 11.00 o’clock – the hour I eagerly awaited. The main celebrant was Bishop Maurice Muhatia from Nakuru Diocese and priest friends concelebrated. The ceremony was lively and colourful and started with the exchange of symbols and handing over by the family.  I was given a Kikuyu basket (Kiondo), pot and a cooking stick which are given to a kikuyu married woman. I gave my parents a lighted candle urging them to keep the light of Christ they passed on to me shinning.  Also I gave my mother a rosary since they were the first to teach me how to pray especially the rosary. Then they sent me with their blessings and prayers by holding my hands and made a significant step to hand me to Kathleen Moran and Lydia D’Sa who welcomed me on behalf of all the Franciscan Sisters.  The Bishop’s homily was touching and the choir sang angelically.

After the mass we were all welcomed for a delicious meal, followed by cutting the cake and speeches.  

Sincere gratitude to all for your prayers, support and the encouragement you have given me over the years and on this special day.

Mary Wanjihia FMSA
   (Extracts from letter to FMSA)

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Sr. Mary with Bishop Maurice Muhatia, clergy and family
following the profession ceremony