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.

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.