They lived out this calling through various ministries: basic education, teaching, health care, secretarial work, social services e.g. prison ministry etc.
As we continue today in our service, “we constantly review our methods and procedures in the light of the Gospel and the discoveries and insights of our time.
Following the inspiration of our Founder who called us to ‘be there for the whole Church’, we are sensitive to the needs of the time: ready to leave the security of established patterns and to risk new initiatives in responding to the needs of the Church and the world”. (Constitutions 50).
We live in two communities here in Burundi: Bujumbura and Ngozi.
Sr Eleonore teaches young and adults who are mentally disadvantaged in the AKAMURI Centre (Centre of Light).
Sr Janine works in prison ministry, supplying what is necessary for the prisoners, clothing, food and education. At the level of justice, she is the voice of the voiceless.
They are eager to learn professional skills according to their ability: sewing and carpentry.
Sr. Agnes: In her teaching, she encourages the youth to be self-confident so that they will be able to face the future courageously. She is truly an instrument in the hand of the Lord.
Sr Alice is a student at Ngozi University , studying in the Institute of Medical Sciences.
Amid today’s changes, we are following in the path of our Founder who urges us to live with “an unlimited devotion to Jesus Christ, his Church and all brothers and sisters”.
We draw strength and confidence from the lived tradition of our Congregation and from his vision and prayer.
The 75th anniversary of the presence of our Congregation in Burundi has given to the former D.M.J. students a desire to become associates and to share in our spirituality and Charism.
JUBILEE OF 200 YEARS OF FONDATION OF THE DAUGHTERS OF MARY AND JOSEPH
On the Saturday 27th May 2017 at Ngozi in Burundi we celebrated our 200 years of foundation.
The feast started in Ngozi Cathedral. During the procession the photo of our founder was carried by Sister Patricia Pearson, and the Constitutions by Christine Ntibarutaye, four sisters followed them carrying candles symbolizing the Congregation and the three continents where we are present: Europe, America and Africa.
The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Gervais Banshimiyubusa the Ordinary of Ngozi Diocese, assisted by Bishop emeritus Stanislas Kaburungu, Fr. Antoine Madaraga the former Vicar General and Aloys, the present Vicar General of Muyinga Diocese, by the Parish Priest and some others priests.
During the offertory we presented four baskets full of fruits symbolizing the four Congregations founded by Canon Constant William Van Crombrugghe: the Daughters of Mary and Joseph, the Josephites, the Sisters of Mary and Joseph, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
In his homily, Bishop Gervais emphasized the importance of living our charism of being Instruments of Mercy in the hands of God, taking care of the human and spiritual education of the girl child, and of continuing to adapt our apostolate according to the needs of the time.
The mass was animated by the dancers “intore”.
After Mass, we all went to the reception hall at the Procure which was very well decorated for the occasion.
In her speech, Sr. Patricia invited us to face the challenge we will be faced with during the coming ten years. She emphasized the fact that in the past our sisters were identified with and very active in their particular apostolates. Twenty five years ago we chose to have common apostolates with other congregations. It is up to us now to face the challenge of the years to come: this year of Jubilee is an opportunity to give new life to our charism.
In his speech, Bishop Gervais said that coming from Ruyigi Diocese, he had known “Sr.Vianney, a Lady of Mary” during formation seminars for catechists (he was at that moment a seminarian in Ruyigi). “She could be tough when she wanted that the catechists take their mission seriously, but she was a person with a good heart!” He knew Sr. Agnes Charles too, the headmistress of Muyaga school: “A real ‘Lady’ of Mary (he meant ‘elegant’): she was sociable with everybody. The students liked her very much.”
A joyful atmosphere of feast was remarkable during the Eucharist as well as during the reception.
The DMJs present were: Patricia Pearson, Christine and Caritas Ntibarutaye, Agnes Philips, Beatrice Ndayubaha, Alice Impundu, Mary Nevis Mutesi, Louise Kwizera, Eléonore Niyonizeye, Patricie Ndizeye, Faustine Niyonzima, Belise Niyongere, Arlette Ngenzebuhoro, Jacqueline Ahishakiye, Therese Mutu-Ungi, Henriette Nshimiye, Elizabeth Tumuramye (Ugandan postulant), Mary Goreth Ntakarutimana, Immaculate Atwebembere (from Uganda).