CORRECTION: Young women ordained as Roman Catholic Church nuns

STORY CORRECTS THE FOLLOWING: The sisters were neither ordained nor graduated as stated in our story filed on 07 January 2015. In fact, the sisters “made a profession of vows”. Furthermore, they are referred to as sisters not nuns. As explained by senior sisters at the MSC headquarters in Windhoek, sisters are bound by simple vows and live an apostolic life, while nuns are bound by solemn vows and live secluded lives inside monasteries.

Also, the event took place at the MSC Novitiate and not the St. Anthony RC Church Centre at Otjiwarongo.

The story’s title also changes to exclude the words ‘ordained’ and ‘nuns’. The new headline is: ‘Young women profess vows as Roman Catholic sisters’.

Below is a corrected version of the story:

OTJIWARONGO: The Roman Catholic (RC) Church mission in Namibia on Monday witnessed six new sisters make a profession of vows at the “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC)” Novitiate here.

Family members travelled from their respective regions and packed the MSC Novitiate in Otjiwarongo’s Orwetoveni township to witnessed the event which took place from 09h00 until about midday.

The six sisters completed their four-year formation training at the Otjiwarongo-based MSC Novitiate.

They are Hilaria Hangula, Daria Iikuyu, Johanna Akundungila, Mechtilde Tomas, Lydia Jeverinus and Agatha Uurumbu.

They will serve at different MSC centres around the country.

“You should be the doers of the word of our Lord in your profession and not only be its listeners,” Father Johannes Kanana, who presided over the profession ceremony, urged the new sisters.

Kanana noted that the RC Church leadership is proud to see more young women joining the church’s social responsibility through the congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“You have done us proud, remain committed to your profession and do not disappoint the church,” Kanana stated.

A number of sisters, student sisters and family members of the newly-professed sisters held a joyful celebration at MSC Novitiate as from Sunday evening until the early hours on Monday, preceding the profession ceremony.