Huambo, 09 December, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the presence in Angola of the Sisters of the Society of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (STJ), also called Teresian Sisters, a Catholic Archbishop in the Southern African nation is inviting the Sisters to renew their covenant with the Risen Lord.
In his December 2 homily, Archbishop José de Queirós Alves also encouraged Teresian Sisters to follow in the footsteps of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, their Patron Saint, in their apostolate.
“This Jubilee is an event of faith for the community, the moment of extraordinary pastoral care, the moment of a more intense demand and in which the Lord Jesus, our Guide and Solicitor, breaks our repetitive routine and challenges us by saying: Attention, God is God. I am your God and you are my people,” Archbishop Alves said during the Eucharistic celebration at the Shrine of Christ the Merciful in Canhe.
The Archbishop emeritus of Angola’s Huambo Archdiocese emphasized the need for the Sisters to re-examine their relationship with Jesus Christ, saying, “This invitation is also yours, dear Teresian Sisters, to renew your covenant with Him. This covenant has already taken on a new dimension, because the Risen Lord fills us with every spirit of grace and goodness.”
The Angolan member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists - CSsR) spoke of the individual and collective responsibility of STJ members as they begin their yearlong Diamond Jubilee celebrations of their presence in Angola.