December 18, 2014
Indeed, the Dominican missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart welcomed me in Zambia from December 17 to 22. It is in the capital, Lusaka, that I stayed first. The day after my arrival, a meeting was organized with the international novitiate of the congregation.
That same day, in order to include new languages on the Rosary site of the Dominican Order, a working session was held; cinyanja and icibemba were added online. There are now 61 languages on the site http://www.rosarium.op.org !
Then we took the road to the North of the country, to join Ndola. On the way, we made a stop at the monastery of the Dominican nuns in Kabwe. The community has recently left South Africa to settle in Zambia.
In Ndola, the Mother Regional of the congregation, Sister Margaret Musonda, welcomed me in a very fraternal way. She wanted me to discover the remarkable work that the sisters perform as well in the field of education as in health care. I was very moved by what I saw at Saint Anthony’s children village where the sisters gather dozens of children who are often orphans and sometimes sick. The school of Fatima also impressed me.
Everywhere, in Lusaka, Ndola and Fatima fraternal meetings were held with the communities. What a great way of living the week before Christmas!
December 19, 2014
Fr. Louis-Marie ARIÑO-DURAND, o.p.
General Promoter of the Rosary