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July 30th 2012
Published: July 31st 2012
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Entrance to the compound
During our weekend on the road, we visited Kisantu and stayed overnight there Saturday night. The Sisters of Notre Dame went to Kisantu in 1900 and established schools -- pre-primary, elementary, secondary -- which have become very well known and respected in the Kisantu diocese. More than 1000 students attend these schools. There are also plans to build a college. Kisantu holds an important place in the history of the Congolese province of the SNDs.

A poignant experience during our stay was a visit to the cemetery where several Belgian Sisters are buried. We prayerfully remembered the countless Belgian Sisters who came to Congo as missionaries and sowed the seeds of the present Congolese Province.

While in Kisantu we walked a bit in the beautiful Botanical Garden, established in 1900 by a Jesuit Brother, Justin Gillet. It is one of two state-operated botanical gardens in the country.


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Convent
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Monograms of Notre Dame and St. Julie Billiart -- front of convent
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School building
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Mary Linscott Center
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Women of Kisantu
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Mother and daughter in matching outfits
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Students' garden
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Beautiful cabbage growing in the students' garden
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Sister Marie Dominique in the students' garden
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The graves of Belgian Sisters of Notre Dame who died in Congo
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The first Belgian Sister of Notre Dame to die in Congo in 1901
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Yours truly in the garden
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A handsome baboon
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Another lovely bloom


7th September 2012

Magnifique
Je n'ai jamais imaginé que c'était ci beau ! quel bonheur de découvrir tout cela Paul-Viviane NAMUR

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