24 OCT, 2012. It is with great joy that we welcome three newly professed sisters: Anna Adomaa SSL, Achiaa Akoto Baffour SSL and Lucy Ayomah SSL into the St Louis family.The profession took place in the Chapel at St Louis Senior High School, on Saturday, October 13, with Archbishop Gabriel Anokye of the Archdiocese of Kumasi as the principal celebrant.
The ceremony was simple, beautiful and touching especially as parents of the three sisters presented them to God. The Archbishop dwelt on the first reading from Isaiah 58:5-11, which emphasized the gospel message of liberation.
The sisters, he said, are sent to minister in a challenging world and should be ready to proclaim the gospel of peace and liberation anywhere. Using the acronym SSL – S for selfless service, S for sanctity, and L for love, the Archbishop encouraged the sisters to live up to this name.
Asked how they found formation and how this day has been for them, the sisters had this to say:
Achiaa: “I am grateful for what the Lord has done for me. In the beginning I questioned the essence of this life. I found novitiate training very different from postulancy. It entails a lot of useful learning. The sisters’ own way of life was great motivation: their commitment to prayer and work as well as their encouragement to us. I felt nervous and tense this morning, wondering how the day would turn out, but as of now, I am filled with joy as I move a step forward in religious life.”
Anna: “I have learnt a lot, especially about community life: sharing, support and prayer. Formation has been wonderful though not without challenges. I had my ups and downs but generally it was a wonderful time. I appreciate among other things, spiritual direction and pieces of advice from sisters. I felt sad and was moved to tears at some point today and wished my father was alive to witness this day. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful and memorable day for me.”
Lucy: “I feel I’ve been trained for a purpose. I studied courses that will help me in life and enable me serve humanity. Initial nostalgia and fear of the unknown made me ask the question: ‘Will I be able to make it?’ I’m glad for the time that my formators had for me, to help me grow. I’ll live to remember this day. It is through the immense help of many people that I’ve come this far. God richly bless them all.”