Ceremony for the Sending Off on Mission

“Before final profession the little sisters will gather for a ‘final profession novitiate’ (or ‘Common Year’), coming together from all continents.”  (from the Constitutions N°36)

This year 12 little sisters from 10 countries were together for their Common Year that ended on August 14th.  In the morning the celebration of the Eucharist took place at the tomb of St Peter in the Vatican, a sign of their attachment to the Church.


In the evening, a beautiful ceremony for the sending off on mission was held in our chapel in Tre Fontane.  Some little sisters from our Italian communities came to join us for the occasion.
The general responsible, little sister Dolors Francesca, and her council signified by the washing of the feet that Jesus is among us as servant and that it is He who is our one and only model.  “I have given you an example and so you also should do.”



 “Go therefore... and I will be with you always until the end of time.”  The little sisters are being sent to different countries to be “a presence of the Church and witnesses of the tenderness of God among the poorest and most excluded of our society.”  They will be going to Algeria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cameroon,Chile, Egypt, Japan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, accompanied by the blessing of their sisters.