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In Cameroon: opening of a Health Centre
To better continue the experience of the first Daughters of the Holy Spirit who "wanted to live together to serve the poor, the sick, the children" (Rule of Life, art. 1), the Daughters of the Holy Spirit of the Vice-Province of Cameroon have transformed part of the former novitiate in the Makabaye neighborhood of Maroua into a Health Center. They have given this Center the name of "Marie Balavenne", the foundress of the Congregation.
On June 29, 2020, as the rain continued to fall as if in blessing, Mgr Bruno Ateba Edo, Bishop of the Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo, proceeded to bless the premises, the nursing staff, all those present and the Daughters of the Holy Spirit who had come from near and far. Pauline Maïsenso, vice-provincial, took the floor to thank the vicar general, the priests of the parish of St. John in the Djarengol district and all those present for their support. She reminded us of our missionary choices: "We give special attention to the least favoured wherever we are sent, especially in the educational, health and social sectors. We collaborate with those who seek to re-establish in the world relationships marked by justice and fraternity" (Rule of Life art.3 § 4.). The Diocesan Health Coordinator, for his part, warmly thanked the F.S.E. for this action in the midst of the underprivileged. He expressed his gratitude to all the nursing staff. Taking as his starting point the scene from the Gospel of Matthew 25 where Jesus identifies with the poor, Bishop Bruno implored God's blessing on the sick who will come for treatment and on the nursing staff. On the theme of the pastoral year 2019-2020 "Baptised and Sent", Bishop Bruno thanked the F.S.E. for having responded to this call of Christ: the CEV (Living Ecclesial Communities) of this parish, the schools, hospitals, churches are tangible signs of the development of the Mission. Then, after praying to the Master of the harvest to send workers for the harvest, the bishop proceeded to bless the buildings where the crucifixes were placed, thus signifying that Christ is with us and that He is Life.
Marthe Debaïwa Maïwore, the first person in charge of the F.S.E. "Marie Balavenne", intervened at the end of the celebration to specify that this Centre will be open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to carry out various examinations of general medicine, haematology, biology.
To show our gratitude and solidarity to all, we invite everyone to share a glass of water. Joy was on all faces. The most surprising thing for me was the social coexistence between people of different religious denominations.
May we thus be, day after day, witnesses of the love that changes our world!
Sister Vedette, F.S.E. Published July 19, 2020