Q&A with Sister Mary Immaculate

Posted on: June 28, 2019 9:00 am
Tags: Uganda, Vocation, East africa,

Sister Mary Immaculate is the formation director for the East Africa Delegation. She is from Uganda and currently ministers at the SND formation center located at St. Julie Mission in Buseesa, Uganda.

What have you been working on lately?

Sr. Immaculate: I am working with 8 candidates and 5 pre-postulants from 5 different dioceses. They are receptive to the SND spirit and charism. The primary emphasis is to help them discover God’s call by providing opportunities for vocational awareness, growth in faith, and accompanying them towards making a life choice. We do this through personal and community prayer, faith sharing, Lectio Divina, community service, exposure to school ministry, and village visiting. Besides formation, I am in charge of St. Julie Mission Farm. I work with the farm manager to plan so that we can provide enough food for the schools, formation and convent. I started this in January after Sr. Christine went to Nairobi to prepare for final vows.

What do you find most exciting about your ministry?

Sr. Immaculate: The most exciting moment is visiting the families of the young women in formation. It gives joy to get to meet their relatives and friends. It also gives an opportunity to get to know the formees better. It’s costly and time consuming since they are from diverse places, but worthwhile. The main purpose of the visit is to explain to the parents the life of the Sisters of Notre Dame and get their consent.

How do you manage your work, personal, & prayer lives?

Sr. Immaculate: In all that I do, prayer is the first priority. Without God I can’t do anything. I am totally dependent on Him and I try to seek his guidance and discern His will.

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