Rome, 26th November, 2015
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We wish you joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. Today we commemorate the death of our common Founder, Cardinal Lavigerie. We thank God for the gift of his life and of his vision, of his courage and his hope, of his ability to address some of the most important questions of his time. We are proud to be his sons and daughters today and we ask him to intercede for us so that we may know how to read the signs of our times and how to do our best to give appropriate answers as followers of Christ. (…)
We want together to thank the Lord for the vision of Cardinal Lavigerie, who realized that he needed both men and women apostles in order to bring the Good News to Africa. We want to thank the Lord for the heroism of so many of our brothers and sisters, who have worked so as to announce the Good News and to bring about the birth of the Catholic Church in a number of African countries. They were not put back by difficulties and hardships. The formation of the local clergy as well as of twenty-two female Congregations is a tangible fruit for which to praise the Lord. Our continuing presence in Muslim countries is another. (…)
Celebrating our history together, both in what has united us as in what has separated us, will help us know each other better so as to be ever more faithful to our common vocation. As brothers and sisters, we are called to collaborate in order to bring the Good News through our daily lives. Let us together speak to Cardinal Lavigerie about our past and receive from him appreciation and advice.
May the activities we undertake during this coming year help us look at our past with gratitude as well as with realism, so as to gain more energy for living our present challenges!
May Cardinal Lavigerie bless us in all our endeavors!
Your sister and brother in the Lord and in Lavigerie,
Sr. Carmen Sammut, MSOLA and Fr Richard Baawobr, M. Afr
Click on the following link to read the full PDF document: Towards the 150th Anniversary of our Foundation Letter