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After the renovation and blessing of the Mazenod Convent Chapel by Father Khoali Khaele (“KK”), the sisters celebrated mass there on September 9th. In his homily, Father KK encouraged sisters to love and pray for one another. He also emphasised following the values of Christ which are humility, forgiveness and kindness. The sisters were happy to pray in their beautifully re-newed chapel.

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Sister Agnes Motake

SNJM’s Justice and Peace committee gave a talk on human trafficking on Radio Maria-Lesotho on July 31st. Sister Agnes Motake was the main presenter and she explained that the committee wants to raise awareness about the fact that in Lesotho, girls and women are the main targets of human traffickers. In her talk, she explained that due to the high unem-ployment rate in Lesotho, most girls are lured into trafficking under the guise that there is a job waiting for them. She advised girls and young women to con-firm the position before moving, especially if the pro-spective job is in South Africa.

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The African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) held its graduation on July 31st at Emmanuel Hostel in Maseru, and was honoured by the presence of Bishop John Tlhomola of Mohale’s Hoek Diocese.

Over the course of three years, several SNJM sisters, including Theresia Mohaka and Sylvia Papapa, re-ceived a month’s training in administration, stress management and strategic planning, and another sis-ter received training in finance. All were awarded certificates that day.

Bishop John and Mrs Tšita, who was the main facilita-tor of the course, encouraged the sisters to put their new skills to good use.

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On July 9th the SNJM Lesotho province was blessed with a new entrant, Miss Relebohile Mary Makara, who entered the postulate at Bela-Bela Formation House. The reception took place during Holy Mass, led by Father Tlotliso,and was attended by many sis-ters from the province, members of the Kolonyama Congregation, and local boys and girls, who danced and sang.

In his homily, Father Tlotliso told Ms. Mary that com-ing to the postulant is a call. The Father asked every-one present to remember their reception day and ponder their journey since their first vows. He em-phasised that only their cloth habits differentiate them from others, and that what matters more is their way of life, which exemplifies their vocation for the new entrant. He told all the sisters present that—as they celebrate with the postulant—that they should each remember that they dedicated their lives to serve Christ of their own free will—and should re-commit to the call.

Sister Laurentina, who also spoke during the cere-mony, said she believes Ms Mary made a free choice to come to religious life. She urged her to always re-call her parents’ words when she left home, and to be receptive to the guidance and leadership of her el-ders. Sister Laurentina reminded the sisters that they are all therefore teachers to the new postulant, and their lives should be an example for young adults en-tering the postulant. Finally, she thanked the vocation team who recruited the new member, and Sister Ern-estina, who will form her.

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The Charism Committee visited the St. Margret community to speak about environmental degradation and negative effects of climate change, and what people can do to halt the hazards. The presentations were done to celebrate the end of the Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year, where Pope Francis invites the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to joyfully participate in Laudato Si’ Week 2021, to be held 16-24 May.

Laudato Si’ is Pope Francis’ Encyclical and Clarion Call on the Environment. It is a rallying call to the Church and to the world to urgently address the environmental crises our world is facing. The occasion was graced by the planting of trees and was celebrated under the motto ‘Protecting our World is Preserving our life’.

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The associates met on the subject of how to conquer challenges in life. One of the major challenges that was raised was how to cope with social media challenges. The present were made aware that people put everything about themselves on social media. Social media has brought rampages in families, there is no longer social cohesion, no socialisation in the families, no planning together, no praying due to the influence of social media. Social media has broken ethical consideration and people compete to be the first to post an event irrespective of how inconsiderate and insensitive that could be to the affected people.

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It was on May 23rd when Maryland Convent engendered rule number 14 of the SNJM — “Restoration of Human Dignity”. To advance rule 14, there was a session on rule number 3, on charism; “that their lives should exhibit love of one another.”

Since they were already Christians, they need not be taught from scratch about the death and resurrection of Jesus. Rather, they should instil contextual theology in them, to inculcate in them to lead Christian lives that bear fruits of salvation. They were reminded that a Christian is expected, during Lent, to bear the sufferings of Christ in their lives, and, after celebrating Easter, like Jesus gave Himself unto us. In a similar manner, they gave themselves to the poor and vulnerable by giving them food and clothes. In so doing they lived rule number 10.

In the photos are descendants of Marie Rose.

The St. Theresa Convent celebrated with boarding girls in remembrance of how Marie Rose dedicated her life to the well-being of girls.

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It is always gratifying for the congregation to hold life jubilees for its sisters. 2021 was blessed as there were three sisters who on May 18th celebrated their final vows into sisterhood. The trio were Sr Sylvia Papapa, Sr Blandina Monese and Sr Cecilia Rannoni. Then followed Sr Mariam Botsane who celebrated the Silver jubilee of 25 years, while Sr Lydia Chonela celebrated her Pentecostal jubilee of 50 years.

The service was presided over by His Lordship Bishop Tumahole Bane — Bishop of Leribe. In his sermon, he indicated that as sisters of the Holy Names they should always rely and pin their hopes and aspirations to the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and they should exhibit obedience and in so doing they will find it easy to perform their duties. He said taking vows is both a beginning and a cementing of consecrated life.

On behalf of all those that were celebrating, Sr Sylvia Papapa thanked all those that have assisted them in reaching the heights that they have reached. Above all, she thanked their parents who willingly led them into giving up their lives to the Church. Ntate Chonela thanked them, on behalf of the parents, and encouraged them to persevere the life they have chosen — of following Christ in his Church.

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The Mabathoana High School administration in collaboration with the non-governmental organization Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) organized an activity to mark World Water Day.

Officials took advantage of this day to raise awareness among high school students about the importance of water in daily life. In this period of pandemic where it is important to adopt sanitary measures such as hand washing, the awareness in favor of access to drinking water for all as a right is paramount.

The event was filmed and streamed on Facebook to reach a larger audience. It included speeches interspersed with singing and dancing. It was a successful day.

Photo Sr Bathilda Heqoa, Principal of Mabathoana High School

Sources photos : Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary – Lesotho and Transformation Resource Centre

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This summer, all the Holy Names Sisters gath-ered at Peka. Through a process of discernment and elections, we have a new Provincial Leadership Team (PLT). They are Sister Laurentia Motseki, Provincial, and Sisters Rosa Moklali and Christina Mohlomi, Councilors. The newly elected team completed their five member PLT with Sister Mary Matobo, to serve as the full time Councilor, and Sister Angelina Tlali, the third part time team member.

New team from 2021-2025 (left to right); Laurentina Motseki, SNJM; Mary Matobo, SNJM; Rosa Mokhali, SNJM; Christina Mohlomi, SNJM; Sr. Angelina Tlali, SNJM.