New General Council Inaugurated

By Sr. Mary Lilly Driciru
MSMMC – Lira

The recently concluded General Chapter of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church (MSMMC) culminated in the inaugural event in Ngetta Parich-Lira Diocese.

  This occasion was specially remarked when the new General Council Members took the mantle from the out-going Council Members.
The thanks-giving Mass was presided over by Rt. Rev. Joseph Franzelli the Ordinary of Lira Diocese. In his homily, Bishop Joseph called the congregation to be aware of the spirit of worldliness which is gnawing the Church. He thanked the Sisters for the fruitful results of their General Chapter and called them to be authentic in the secular world with the help of Christ.

(The outgoing and incoming leadership teams with Bp Joseph Franzelli)

“You should become “Monstrance” and take the place of Jesus the Bread of life, who would soon be taken out of the Monstrance...the prelate added. “… Let people see Jesus in you… Walk the talk...” Bishop Joseph Franzelli continued to appeal to the MSMMC at the closure of their General Chapter which coincided with the feast of Corpus Chrisi (the Body and Blood of Christ) on Sunday 30, May 2016.

The General Chapter is a religious - Church event that occurs after every after 5 or 6 years; depending on the choice of the religious Congregations. It provides a platform for Chapter members to sit together to evaluate the past and present state of affairs so as to forge a way forward. It is a forum where the religious discuss matters of greater importance. It is a moment of prayer and discernment to enable Chapter members to determine the direction a religious Congregation ought to take in a given period. Another aspect of the General Chapter is the election of the General Council Members to run the Congregation/Institute for the next 5-6 years. (In this case for six years).

(The 5th General Chapter members at the closing day with the ordinary of the place Rt. Rev. Joseph Franzelli)

Motivated by the Motto of MSMMC “Christ Must Reign”, the Chapter members were guided by the theme “Personal invitation to Deep Rootedness in Christ for His Mission”.  The Chapter members were led to a successful celebration of the three-week General Chapter, which commenced from 7th -30th May 2016. Having discussed issues of greater importance, they elected new leaders to implement them for effective mission and the general interest of the Institute.

Sr. Sophia Agnes Asiimwe was elected Superior General, Sr. Grace Omberu is the Vicaress/Assistant Superior General, Sr. Jane Rose Dropia Idranyia is the Economy General, Sr. Judith Adilo is the Councilor for Education and Sr. Jovita Tushemereirwe is the Councilor incharge of Health.
Sr. Sophia joined the Missionary Institute of Mary Mother of the Church in 1975. She made her first profession in 1979, and took perpetual vows in 1984. After her profession, Sr. Sophia engaged in various missionary activities in East Africa and South Sudan.

Sophia Asiimwe believes one must lose part of oneself to become effective in the mission of Christ. Hence, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains just a grain, but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (John 12:24).  She finds consolation in the unfailing presence of Jesus; “…And behold, I am with you always until the end of the age,” Mt. 28:16-20.

Sr. Grace Omberu received the call to embrace religious life while she was in refugee Camp in Yei Parish - South Sudan. She made her first Profession in 1995. She took final Vows in 2002. In the course of her religious life, she undertook various pastoral activities.  Sr. Grace is motivated by love of service through holistic education. Her service of teaching with a difference has attracted many parents to take their children to Our Lady Star of Pilgrims S.S – Bukulula in Masaka Diocese.




Sr. Judith joined the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church in 1977. Filled with love and zeal for pastoral work, she served as Nursing Assistant at Pope John Paul II Hospital –Aber, as well as in Ngetta and Iceme Health Centres. She made her first profession in 1981 and final profession in 1988.

Sr. Judith expresses that, being her second term in the office, she feels called once more to render service to the Institute and the entire Church; following the commitment she made to remain obedient to the Church. She finds joy of service in hard to reach places- in the war front of the South Sudan, Congo and Uganda boarder where she served. She felt a special call to serve in such and other similar situations like she lived with students in the internally displaced Camp at Uganda Technical College - Lira.

Sr. Judith takes pleasure in helping the underprivileged students. She often looked for ways to help them to continue with their studies. She especially helped the displaced Sudanese Seminarians and some of the needy girls to pursue their studies. Two of the Sudanese students she helped are Cabinet Ministers in the South Sudan.

Sr. Jovita Tushemereirwe on the other hand joined the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church in 1981, after undergoing Veterinary training in a Vocational School. She made her First Profession in 1985 and Perpetually Professed in 1990. In the course of her religious service she carried out various activities in the mission.

Sr. Jovita was spiritually guided to pursue her religious vocation by Archbishop Paul K. Bakyenga who was by then the Rector of Mushanga Minor Seminary. Having seen her working in the seminary farm, she was guided to follow legal procedures to embrace religious life.  
Sr. Jovita loves her religious vocation and longs to sanctify self and others. Furthermore she
appreciates the missionary nature of her Congregation; which enables her to serve anywhere in the world.

She has passion for nursing as it is the Healing Ministry of Jesus who is the first healer. Her success story is that few patients have died in the course administering treatment.

Sr. Jane Rose Dropia joined the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church in 1980. She made the first Profession in 1986 and made her final Vows in 1995. After the first profession, Sr. Jane Rose Dropia carried out missionary work and served in various capacities.
She finds joy of service and fulfillment in the diversity of cultures like in Tanzania and Karamoja region in Uganda.

Sr. Jane Rose Dropia chooses to be guided in the mission by the words of Jesus who is all in all for her and the people she serves. She entrusts herself to the Lord so that by the strength of the Holy Spirit, her entire  being body and spirit can be used for His glory and for the good  of the entire humanity:
“If you love me you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to be with you always... Jn. 14: 15-17

The communication team is busy compiling the Chapter Acts 2016, which will be the working document for the New General council in the office tenure.



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