In the liturgical calendar, this past Thursday was the feast of St. Ann. As we were coming into the dining room for supper, the Sister-students sang and presented me with a bouquet of flowers. I hope you enjoy the video snippets. They're a little choppy but they'll will give you the flavor of the "surprise."
I'm traveling with three other U.S. Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) on a trip to Kimwenza in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our team is part of PACE (Preparatory and Continuing Education), and our students are 40 Congolese Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The Congo-Kinshasa Province of our congregation dates back to 1894, when a courageous group of Belgian SNDs started the mission. Today about 120 Congolese sisters, with three Americans and one Belgian, form the membership of the province.... full info
Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960, but its early years were marred by political and social instability. Col. Joseph MOBUTU seized power and declared himself president in a November 1965...more info