The Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, Very Rev. Fr. John Kobina Louis, in a homily, employed Sisters of The Handmaid of the Divine Redeemer of Accra to let the joy of God be their strength.
“In your community lives, if there is tension, remember that you didn’t call yourself to become a sister, the God who rejoice in calling you to receive your first and final vows and to celebrate your silver jubilee, that God should be your strength”.
He said this during the celebration of perpetual vows of 5 sisters of the Handmaids of the Divine Redeemer, Accra HDR,: Sr. Martha Awubawuni, HDR, Sr. Mary Magdalene Arkor Kpogoh, HDR, Sr. Mary Bernadette Ninsin, HDR, Sr. Mary Wilhelmina Essel, HDR, and Sr. Mary Gloria Gregoria Abenaa Ntriwaah Yeboah, HDR and the silver jubilee celebration of sr. Mary Francisca Atsupui Sosu, HDR at St. Bakhita Catholic Church, Lashibi.
The Vicar General of Accra said God should always be the cause of their joy not only in good times but also in times of difficulties, just as mother Mary, who lifted her heart and mind to the Lord in times of difficulties. “Where there is a personal challenge in their vocation, they should lift their mind and heart to the Lord”, he added.
Speaking on the theme “my spirit rejoices in God my savior”, he said, “Heaven rejoiced even before mother Mary rejoiced”. He continued to say that if they see their inner joy as one coming from God that inner joy can remain with them forever.
He encouraged them to let the joy of the lord be their strength despite of all the inconveniences they might go through.
The call to the religious vocation is a call to total sacrifice for Christ and his church and to lay down your life and personal interest to serve God and mankind.
The five sisters took their vows of consecrated chastity, evangelical poverty and consecrated obedience before God and their superior according to the constitution of the Handmaids of the Divine Redeemer Congregation. The jubilee sister also had the honor to renew her vows to the glory of God
A ring was given to the 5 sisters a sign of mystical marriage to the Lord as bride or spouse of Christ.
St. Bakhita Catholic Church venue for the celebration saw the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSS, Monsignors, Priests, and religious from far and near.