The Bishop of Mansa and Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) Director for the Religious, Right Rev. Patrick Chisanga, OFM. Conv. has exhorted religious sisters to make a difference in peoples lives by serving them effectively and competently.
Bishop Chisanga was speaking during the Eucharistic Celebration to thank the Lord for the successful completion by the 72 sisters of the course in administration and finance on Saturday 19 December 2015 at St. Dominic’s Major Seminary, Lusaka. “I invite you graduants, to help society work on things that really matter, things that will improve the quality of the lives of our people,” the Bishop said.
The bishop further added: “Let what you have achieved academically, be transformed into the actual empowering of other people’s lives beginning with where you are, your respective communities.”
“The celebration of the Eucharist places your graduation, dear sisters in the right context, namely the Lord God, to whom it is always right and just to give praise,” Bishop Chisanga said. “You have to put God’s glory before anything else even as you serve the venerable in society,” he further noted.
He calls the sisters to make effectively the use of their competence, commitment and care on the most venerable so that they become true witnesses of God’s intervention in people’s lives. “Let the divine intervention to change society begin through you wherever you are,” says Bishop Chisanga.
The bishop paid tribute to the sponsors of the programme, the Sister Leadership Development Initiative (SDLI) for the support of the programme.
The Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) is an innovative partnership with Conrad n . Hilton foundation, whose aim is to increase access for management and leadership skills building for Africa Sisters through training and education so as to development in them competencies to utilize their talents and limited resources more effectively, thereby having a greater positive impact on the lives of those served through their ministries. The scholarship offers grants, and with the help of Marywood University and African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) three specialised courses in Finance, Administration and Management are offered.