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Carmelite Sisters Profess Life Of Chastity, Poverty 

By Isidore Abah — Sisters Josephine Sinde Tumnde of Jesus Crucified and Coralie Nyami Yonki of the Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady have both pledged to submit themselves to the celestial life of poverty and chastity and live their lives in the generous service of mankind.

The two Sisters made the pledge at the Regina Pacis Cathedral Small Soppo, Buea, on Saturday, February 1, as they took the solemn profession as members of Discalced Carmelites, a religious order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Apart from living a life of poverty and chastity, the newly consecrated nuns also promised to live a contemplative vocation, which will make them intent of God’s word. In addition to the above, the newly professed also vowed to live by the norms governing the Discalced Carmelites and the order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.

 In his homily during the solemn profession, the Bishop of Buea, His Lordship, Immanuel Balanjo Bushu, exhorted the newly confessed nuns to strive to do the ordinary things of life and not extraordinary things. Because according to him, God is present in the ordinary things of life not the extraordinary things. “Just like Elijah was expecting to see the Lord in the mighty and heavy wind, the earthquake and fire, the Lord rather appeared to him in the ordinary slow and gentle breeze,” the Bishop stated.

To the Christian faithful, the Bishop urged them to be ready to answer God’s call just like the Blessed Virgin Mary did by accepting to bring forth His Son, Jesus Christ, despite the odds.
However, Mgr. Bushu thanked Sisters Josephine Sinde and Coralie Nyami for accepting to work in the Lord’s vineyard, by joining the community of Discalced Carmelites. The Chief Shepherd of God’s flock in the Diocese of Buea also exhorted Christians to use their various gifts and talents for the glory of God.

According to him, in the presence of God, there are no major and minor jobs but what God demands for His children, is to use these various gifts for the glory of His name. Discalced Carmelites is a religious order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel which began in the 12th century after the Holy War when some hermits settled on Mount Carmel, Israel, under the Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary in order to live a life of prayer.

Due to Muslim invasion of the Holy Land, the Carmelites migrated to Europe and subsequently to other parts of the world. In 1994, at the request of Bishop Emeritus, Pius Awa for the setting up of a Carmelite Monastery in the Buea Diocese, eight Discalced Carmelites nuns left Mexico for Cameroon and settled in Sasse. Sisters Josephine and Coralie are the fruits of the Carmelite seeds which were planted some years ago.

First published in The Post print edition no 01503

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