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Final Profession

1- All the congregation - Date of publication 08-12-2004
The festivities in honour of Perrine Thulard came to an end on 8th August. During the usual Sunday mass in the sisters’ chapel in Evron Felicienne, Pauline, Genevieve made their Final Vows.

The festivities in honour of Perrine Thulard came to an end on 8th August. During the usual Sunday mass in the sisters’ chapel in Evron Felicienne, Pauline, Genevieve made their Final Vows. Bishop Maillard from Laval, who was already present the previous day, presided at the celebration together with several priests from Africa, Ireland, England and France. The entrance procession, moving to the rhythm of music and African drums, came towards the Chapel with the three sisters dressed as African brides would be dressed. In the course of the celebration, according to the African tradition, each one was called three times by her name and she replied “here I am, Lord, for you have called me.” They came towards the altar accompanied by the people who represented their families. There, the bishop questioned them concerning their desire to commit themselves in the congregation to follow Jesus Christ in the footsteps of Perrine Thulard. They replied with conviction and freedom. Then they left the Chapel to remove their rich apparel and jewels. From henceforth Christ was to be their only treasure. They returned dressed in a simple cloth, with a white blouse and a white headscarf. It is the costume worn on feast days by the African sisters. On other days they dress in a simple cloth like their country women, just as Perrine wore the same clothes as the women of her day and as the sisters do today in the different countries where they are situated. After the Litany of the Saints the sisters pronounced their vows. The Superior General presented them with a ring, the sign of their alliance with God in the Congregation of the sisters of O.L. of Evron and she said to each one: “from henceforth you have everything in common with us.” Having signed the congregation register the three sisters were welcomed by the sisters of the congregation. A hymn of thanksgiving to an African melody and drums resounded throughout the Chapel and the house.

The lovely weather made it possible to have the toast on the lawn, together with roasted peanuts, grated coconut, and little cakes prepared by the Ivory Coast sisters before they came to France. A cold buffet was served to families, associates, sisters and friends, some of whom had come from far away. Soon the tam tam was calling everyone to continue the feast by dancing.

At the end of the year there will be five new finally professed sisters as Marie made her vows in May and Brigitte will make hers in November in Ivory Coast. In September there will be four new sisters in the congregation as a young French girl will make first profession in the community Chapel in Evron and on the 26th, three Africans will make first profession in Ivory Coast. Thus Perrine’s beautiful history continues.

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