In August and September of this year the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood (or of Mariannhill) celebrated their 13th General Chapter in Shillington, Pennsylvania, USA. During the sessions of the said chapter our sisters (re)elected their general government team.
On the 2nd September 2017 Sr. Monica Mary Ncube, CPS, was elected as Superior General. Born in Zimbabwe, she also has a Canadian passport. Until her election she was living in Toronto, Canada, and was serving as Provincial Superior of the North America Province [USA and Canada].
Two days later, on the 4th September 2017, Sr. Caroline Mjomba, CPS, from Kenya, was elected as first Assistant and Vicar General. Until her election she was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Eastern Africa, which includes Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, and the Nuba Mountains region in Sudan. On that same day Sr. Ursel Beyerle, CPS, a German national, was also elected as fourth assistant. Since 2009 she has been the Regional Superior of the Mother House of the Sisters in the Netherlands.
On September 3rd 2017 the second and the third Assistants were elected: Sr. Walburga Ballhausen, CPS, a German national, who will continue to reside in Rome as Secretary General, and Sr. Marguerite Marie Uy, CPS, of Filipino and Canadian nationality, who will also continue to reside in Rome, where she was already a member of the previous government team.
The installation ceremony of this new government team was held in Rome on October 14th 2017. Let us pray for them, begging for those gifts that come from above and that will be especially necessary for them in order to fulfill their task in the service of the mission of the Church.
The Congregation of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, or of Mariannhill, was founded on September 8th 1885 by the Servant of God, Abbot Francis Pfanner, founder of the Trappist Monastery of Mariannhill, which was the cradle of another Congregation, the Missionaries of Mariannhill.
Fr. Lino Herrero Prieto CMM
In order to continue strengthening the ties between all those who were students of Mariannhill, on October 7th, 2017, a new meeting was held in Lagunilla [Salamanca].
The aforementioned meeting began at noon on that first and hot Saturday of October in the Hermitage of the village, where a prayer was said for the deceased former students, especially those who had left us in the last year, a prayer that included the Mariannhill missionaries who passed through that seminary and who have already died, as well as its former teachers.
Then, after taking a walk through the streets of the village and through a large park full of oaks and chestnut trees, we went to what is known as the “Balcony of Extremadura”, from where one can see and admire a vast valley, dotted with various villages and olive trees.
After enjoying a superb meal in one of the local restaurants, we visited the original village of Granadilla [Cáceres], now rehabilitated after being abandoned for the construction of the wetlands named “Gabriel and Galán”.
We ended this fraternal and peaceful meeting by taking a walk through the town of Hervás [Cáceres], while we talked about the memories of the years spent together at the Seminary of Mariannhill in Palencia and drew up plans for the next meeting.