RSCJ Uganda/Kenya Province | Becoming a sister


(Religieuse du Sacré Cœur de Jésus - Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)


Young Kenyan women interested in Religious life attended a workshop given by Sister Teresa Aura, in front row in white blouse with navy skirt, and in back row Young Professed Ednah Kandah in orange colour dress and behind Sister Teresa and to her right Sister Rose Gichangi, also a Young Professed and first year postulants Winfred Namagembe poking her head through to the front and next to her in a grey outfit is Mercy Amalemba.When a young woman, interested in Religious life, has finished her studies and has had one or two years of work, she may ask to be accepted as an Aspirant. She then lives for a year near one of our communities which she visits regularly. In this way, she gets to know our Sisters as they also get to know her. At the end of the year she can ask to be accepted as a Postulant.


From L to R.  Elizabeth Kasyoka, postulant, Flo Tumukunde, RSCJ, Director of Postulants, Margie Conroy, RSCJ, Hellen Nyakato, postulant, Jennifer Mbinya Mutiso, postulant, Hilda Ayebazibwe, postulant. After this initial step the young woman, who feels that God is calling her to be a Religious of the Sacred Heart, asks the Provincial Superior to let her become a postulant. "The purpose of this stage is to enable the postulant and the Society to know each other. In this way a call to our congregation can be better discerned".1The Postulant is helped by the person accompanying her to discern her vocation to Religious life in the Society of the Sacred Heart. This period of postulancy lasts between six months and two years. At the end of this stage, the postulant asks the Provincial Superior to be admitted to the Novitiate.

1Constitution of the Society of the Sacred Heart, paragraph 76.


Sister Mary Atukunda pronouncing her vows before Sister Hilda Bamwine, Provincial, 
                at the Mass on August 21st, 2015, held at the Novitiate Community, Mbikko. (Click here to view the photo story for more pictures). As a Novice, she will spend two years with other Novices in the Novitiate community preparing for first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Novice studies Scripture, Religious life in general and in particular the history and spirituality of our congregation including the study of our Constitutions. At the end of the second year, a Novice, if accepted by the Provincial, may make first vows in the Society of the Sacred Heart. She is then a Young Professed.

Young Professed

On February 1st 2015, Sister Monicah Muthini 
                (front row, 3rd From the left) made final profession in the chapel of our house made Villa Lante, Rome.  
                Monicah is seen here with 12 others(coming from the Provinces of Argentina/Uruguay Belgium/France/
                Netherlands, Brazil, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Korea/Chinese, Mexico and Peru. 
                Each year, those who have been accepted for final profession, have five months together with their formators 
                preparing for the important moment of their final vows in the Society of the Sacred Heart. As a Young Professed, she will be missioned to one of our communities in either Kenya or Uganda and will be in full time ministry serving God and His people according to our mission of education. At the end of six years, she may ask to be accepted to prepare for final profession in the Society of the Sacred Heart. Before going to Rome to prepare for final profession, as we are an international congregation, the young professed is given the opportunity of an experience in one of our provinces in another country. The preparation for final profession lasts five months and is made together with RSCJ from different countries.  At the end of this time of preparation, the Young Professed makes final vows in the Society of the Sacred Heart and returns to her home province as a fully-fledged member of the congregation




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