As we embrace the Synodal Journey from 2021 to 2023, let us invite the Holy Spirit to be at work in us so that we may be a community and a people of grace.
By walking together, and together reflecting on the journey made, the Church will be able to learn from what it will experience which processes can help it to live communion, to achieve participation, to open itself to mission." Source: https://www.synod.va/en.html
Celebrating 50 Years of God’s Favour
Biblically: every seventh year was to be a year when there would be no planting or sowing of crops, the land would rest, that is, have a Sabbath. The year of Jubilee grows out of, and completes seven Sabbath years (forty-nine years in all), being the fiftieth year. (c.f. Lev.25 & 26, and Isaiah 61:1-4.) Proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favour is connected to the Jubilee.
According to Robin Sharma; “It’s stunningly interesting to note how we have the power to …. make a decision/choice/commitment that can transform our professional as well as our personal lives forever…”
The 20th of March 2023, saw us celebrating the decision to say ‘YES’ to God’s call that was made by Sr. Monica Mary Ncube, 50 years ago. This personal decision that she made has enriched us as Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood as well as the many people Sr. Monica Mary has served in her long ministry as a nurse and also her biological family who benefit from her prayers.
The colourful celebration that took place at the Marianhillers’ Generalate was graced by the presence of the relatives and friends of Sr. Monica Mary.
Many General Superiors and General Council Members of different congregations of both male and female in Rome as well as Zimbabwean Ambassador to Rome, were also in attendance.
The day started with the celebration of the Eucharist presided over by Fr. Michael Maß, the Superior General of the Marianhill Missionaries (CMM), followed by a typical Italian festive meal.
We are grateful for all your prayers for the success of this day as well as for Sr. Monica Mary herself. We continue to carry Sr. Monica Mary, her groupmates in Zimbabwe, and all our Jubilarians in our prayers throughout their Jubilee year, 2023.
CLOSING OF THE GENERAL CHAPTER 2022 AND INSTALLATION OF THE NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM
The General Chapter 2022 has come to a close, but the living out of the spirit of the Chapter has just begun.
On 12 September 2022 Sr. Monica Mary Ncube, CPS Superior General, proclaimed the official closing of the 14th General Chapter of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood. Following the signing of the Chapter Acts and the sharing of personal commitments, the 33 Capitulars processed from the Chapter Hall to the Chapel of Missionashaus Neuenbeken carrying the Chapter symbols and flags from different countries. The closing mass was presided by Fr. Christopher Eisentraut, CMM and Sr. Ingeborg Mueller, former CPS Superior General, presided over the Installation Ceremony of the new General Leadership Team. We thank all who accompanied us on our journey with their thoughts and prayers.
We welcome and thank our Sisters who gave their FIAT on September 6 and 7, 2022 to serve the congregation for the next 5 years:
Sr. Monica Mary Ncube CPS (Zimbabwe/Canada) - Superior General
Sr. Marian Maskulak CPS (USA) - Vicar General and Representative
Sr. Walburga Ballhausen CPS (Germany) - 2nd General Assistant
Sr. Pauline Mpongo CPS (Democratic Republic of Congo) - 3rd General Assistant
Sr. Maria Veronica Dingi CPS (Zimbabwe) - 4th General Assistant
We also thank the members of the outgoing General Leadership Team for their faithful service and dedication from 2017 - 2022. Right to Left: Sr. Monica Mary Ncube, Sr. Caroline Mjomba, Sr. Walburga Ballhausen, Sr. Marguerite Uy and Sr. Francisca Anne Mlotshwa.
Today we announce with great joy and thankful hearts our Superior General for the next five years: Sr. Monica Mary Ncube, CPS
On Tuesday, 6 September 2022, at 9:45 am, Sr. Monica Mary Ncube, CPS was re-elected Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood. After a day of prayer and discernment on Monday, 5 September 2022, the capitulars are grateful to God that Sr. Monica has given her YES to lead the congregation for another five years. The four General Assistants of Sr. Monica will be elected today and tomorrow, 7 September 2022.
The second week of our General Chapter 2022 began with a memorable visit to our Motherhouse in the Netherlands on Monday, 29 August 2022. After the hearty welcome from our Sisters, we gathered for a festive mass presided over by Bishop Gerard de Korte of 's-Hertogenbosch. This was followed by a sumptuous luncheon and a special prayer service at the grave of our Co-Foundress Mother Paula Emunds. Our beautiful day ended with a special tea time outdoors before boarding the bus back to Neuenbeken, Germany.
The remainder of the second week was dedicated to working on our Chapter agenda, with various interventions and group work.