Nairobi, 29 April, 2022 / 9:40 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Nun in Kenya has called on members of various female Religious Orders and Societies of Apostolic Life to consider revising their “traditional roles” so that they are aligned with “emerging issues”.
Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando who was addressing women Religious at a Thursday, April 28 webinar organized by the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) said the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality provides an opportunity for such revisions in view of laying “the foundation of our pastoral work” and ensuring relevance in the present world as Consecrated persons.
“From this Synod, it seems that the traditional roles of consecrated women need to be revised,” Sr. Lando said, adding that the revisions need to be strategic, “remaining faithful to the original charism of each respective Congregation.”
The member of the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega (SMK) encouraged women Religious to actively take part in the ongoing Synod on Synodality discussions so that their views are incorporated in the larger Church deliberations.
Women Religious “need to discern what the emerging issues are”, Sr. Lando said, and highlighted formal education in general and research in particular as a way Consecrated women can understand emerging issues and engage in evangelization in an appropriate manner.