Meru, 07 November, 2022 / 9:49 pm (ACI Africa).
The story of the death of the Catholic Nun who was beatified in Kenya on November 5 should inspire Kenyans to give themselves in the service of the Lord and receive well, in their midst, those involved in the mission of evangelization, members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have said.
In a message delivered on behalf of the Catholic Church leaders in Kenya during the beatification of Venerable Servant of God Maria Carola Cecchin at Kinoru Stadium in the Diocese of Meru, the Chairman of KCCB expressed gratitude to “God for the great wonders” accomplished through the life of the Italian-born member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Cottolengo (Cottolengo Sisters) who served in Kenya as a missionary for two decades from 1905.
“It is touching to learn of the driving force of this missionary, that is, her belief that a good death will pay for everything,” Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde said about Blessed Carola who was born on 3 April 1877 in Cittadella (Padua, Italy) and died on 13 November 1925 aboard a ship on the Red Sea as she traveled from Kenya back to her native country for treatment.
Archbishop Kivuva added, “Indeed, the story of her death reveals she died a good death by offering herself to her master by her last words, ‘Yes Jesus, I am yours’. This message should speak to us all, Kenyans.”
The story of the Cottolengo Sister’s death is narrated in the book, “Blessed Sister Maria Carola Cecchin”, a 2022 publication of the Paulines Publications Africa.