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Sr. Mary Juliet's Final Vows

Posted on: December 10, 2014 12:00 pm
Tags: Uganda,

Sr. Mary Juliet with students

Congratulations to Sr. Mary Juliet from the SND Mission in Uganda! Sr. Mary Juliet professed her final vows as a Sister of Notre Dame on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at a celebration held in Arusha, Tanzania. Click here to view photos from the ceremony.

In the fall 2014 issue of The Pulse, Sr. Mary Juliet reflected on the final profession of vows and what drew her to the Sisters of Notre Dame. She composed her thoughts as a letter to all of our friends and partners in mission. She wrote:

Dear Friends,

I am called Sr. Mary Juliet. I am 33 years old, born in Kibaale District, Uganda and I am joyfully preparing to profess my final vows with the Sisters of Notre Dame this December. I came to know the Sisters of Notre Dame through the Bishop Deogratias Byabazaire Abwooli, who was my guardian, like a father and mother to me.

At first I wanted to join another congregation. I did all my plans and applications, and was invited to join. It was at this time I went to the Bishop to let him know and to ask his blessings when he introduced me to the Sisters of Notre Dame. After some discernment with him, I changed my mind...and joined Notre Dame. I am so happy that he directed me to Notre Dame; I feel I belong here. With the Sisters of Notre Dame I have learned a lot! I know how to express myself, how to deal with conflicts, how to let go. I know to be accountable, to be grateful, and to take good care of what we have in our community. To be available. Transparent and truthful to myself, to my community, and to God. I have learned that a sad nun is a bad nun, so I have to keep our spirit of joyful simplicity in order to live this life happily.

Living in Uganda is good because it is home, but if God calls me somewhere new tomorrow, I am ready. I am here to do the will of God, not mine. My hopes and goals are to make God known and loved. I love to work with the poor, giving them hope, especially children. I have been working in a nursery school with 101 kids. Most of them come from poor families. and it is a challenge and heartbreaking at times, but there is also joy to see them free and happy. I have also done pastoral work by visiting families and have seen how some people live in total poverty with nothing. This taught me a lot about living my vow of poverty. You reach to some families and you wonder how they survive only by God’s mercy. I am very happy that our congregation is trying our best and providing quality education to the future generations. They will be the ones to change Kibaale District, which is still in need.

I am so happy that I am going to make my final vows to surrender my whole life to my dear Jesus, who gave all for my sake. To me there is nothing good like serving our dear good God. I thank God who called me by name and the late Bishop Deogratias, who guided me to this congregation. May his soul rest in peace. I am very grateful for all our benefactors, donors, and friends. Without your help, our work would not have been successful. Together, we make a difference. All that we have to use, to share, comes from you. I want to thank all those who have come to visit us, those who have come to do work, the volunteers, and those who pray for us. You have all done well in supporting this mission of Christ in Uganda. Thank you so much. May God reward you abundantly. 

Love,

Sr. Mary Juliet

Sr. Kathleen McDonnell
Date: on December 11, 2014

Congratulations and thank you for your gift. God bless you, Sr. Juliet

Gerald Muhanguzi
Date: on December 11, 2014

Congratulations Sr. Mary Juliet! The Sisters of Notre Dame are good people, doing great work around the world. You are great because you are participating in great work. I want to wish you a blessed life and to be true to your vows. Gerald Muhanguzi Accountant-Finance & Corporate Services Uganda National NGO Forum

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