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Kigali Archdiocese opens new convent for Sacred Heart Missionaries

SINA Gerard family, clerics and newly received nuns from the Missionaries of Sacred Heart pose for a group photo during the reception on February25 (PHOTO/Light Magazine)

By George Kalisa

Kigali Archdiocese on February25 opened a new convent now home to missionaries of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary who will serve in the Diocese for the first time though they have been in Rwanda since 1981 according to Sr. Emmerance Uwimana, the Head of this Congregation in Africa.

The sisters who include Veneranda Murekatete, Maria Muhorakeye, Francine Uwizeyemana, Jasmine Uwumukunzi will be based at CHAPELLE St. GERARD on the campus of College Fondation SINA GERARD in Rulindo Catholic Parish, Rulindo District which host the new convent.

This Congregation which has extended its missionary activities to Kigali Archdiocese for the first time has already been present in the dioceses of Kibungo, Butare, Ruhengeri and Nyundo since 1981, 1996, 2004 and 2012 respectively.

The MSC was founded in 1899 by Rev. Sr. ‎Maria Rafaela of Spain.  The colourful reception of the nuns started with a mass presided over by Rulindo Catholic Priest, Damien Kimenyi. In his Sermon he called on the school community to accept God to guide their lives and stressed that they needed to appreciate the love of Jesus and the Holy Mother Mary.

“Christians need God in their lives for spiritual growth and the Holy Spirit will give guidance and society will know by the Christian values you uphold. Accept the love of Jesus Christ and the Holy Mother Mary,” Rev.Fr. Kimenyi told a students dominated Congregation.

Nuns from the Missionaries of Sacred Heart smiling at the cameras during the reception at CHAPELLE St. GERARD (PHOTO/The Light Magazine)

“Don’t fear when you are with Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will strengthen you,” added Rev.Fr. Kimenyi.

The ceremony was also attended by Rev. Fr. Onesphore Ntivuguruzwa in Charge of Education in the Archdiocese of Kigali.  

SINA Gerard the Founder and Managing Director of Entreprise Urwibutso and College Fondation SINA GERARD said that he constructed CHAPELLE St. GERARD in a bid to offer Rwandan youth studying there a holistic education which builds a complete person.

“Education without Christian values is irrelevant to the job market which demands that workers exhibit knowledge, skills and good morals in order to be employable and successful,” observed SINA Gerard during the Mass.

“Much as we have been training students in various skills, I always felt the conviction that something was missing on the school curriculum, the students need God in their lives to become responsible citizens who can positively contribute to Rwanda’s economy,” added SINA Gerard.

Apart from their spiritual mission the nuns will offer health, educational services as well as promoting the women and reaching out to the poorer of the poor in society.

Cake cutting ceremony during the opening of the new convent at CHAPELLE St. GERARD (PHOTO/Eric Nzabirinda)

College Fondation SINA GERARD shines in National Exams

All the 129 who sat for Ordinary Level national examinations and 59 at Advanced Level in 2019 passed translating to 100 per cent at each education level.

“Our students at College Fondation SINA GERARD again performed well. All the 129 who sat for O’ Level National Examinations and the 59 at A’ Level passed and we got 100 per cent pass,” said SINA Gerard during an exclusive interview with this reporter on February25, help on the sidelines of the reception of the Missionaries of Sacred Heart (MSC).  

College Fondation SINA GERARD boasts of a total of 2,092 students 1,294 of them are in the boarding section. It has all the education levels right from Nursery to Advanced Level with a highly facilitated Technical and Vocational Education and Training(TVET) section.

The students get skills in Carpentry, Tailoring, Welding, Food processing, Agronomy [crop production], Veterinary Medicine [animal health] and Mechanics.

SINA Gerard said that education devoid of Christian values is useless, stressing that he is investing in Religion to give students an opportunity to get holistic education that builds a complete person.

“Discipline, humility, reliability and trustworthiness are some of the values Christianity builds and reinforces. The new missionaries we have received today will help the students grow as God-fearing people with the desired values for them to get employment,” remarked SINA GERARD.

“I thank them for choosing to serve God from College Fondation SINA GERARD and we’re hopeful they’ll help us achieve our goals of creating a complete person who is fit for the current job market. SINA Gerard pays education for the most vulnerable children mostly from poor households. A total of 456 children in Primary and 255 in Nursery receive free education on courtesy of SINA GERARD.

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