Sr. Evarlyne Ndunge Ndeti to make
First Profession of Vows
On Friday, February 2nd, on the World Day for Consecrated Life,
Sr. Evarlyne Ndeti will make her first profession of vows at the
Sacred Heart Convent in New York City.
Sr. Evarlyne shares her reflection on the eve of this blessed day:
“She becomes even more familiar with His life, His mission to all, and his very person. This period marks her formal introduction to religious life.”
~ MSC Constitutions pg. 77
In these two years of my novitiate, I have become well-versed in the life of a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC). Spending time with the holy scriptures, Church documents, our Constitutions and statutes, the writings of Mother Cabrini, and different spiritual books which I found meaningful has broadened my knowledge of Jesus’s life, mission, and his very person.
Engaging in both internal and external classes/workshops has exposed me to a better understanding of the MSCs’ charism, and spirituality of our Foundress; the evangelical vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience; community living; and the mission of loving God and His people. Journeying with other novices through the inter-congregational formation workshops has made it possible to learn from them. I have gained wisdom and created friends that I can talk with, pray for, and pray with as I continue embracing this beautiful life. I am forever grateful to Sister Genet Henok, MSC and the Formation Team for creating these meaningful opportunities.
The useful resources within the novitiate have brought the broader perspective of God and what it means to be His servant. This newly acquired knowledge has brought the fuller contemplation of how the Holy Spirit works in us all the time uniquely through our charism of bearing the Love of Christ in the World. Mother Cabrini’s letters to her daughters, particularly the individual ones, have been useful. I have enjoyed reading them and I must admit that despite them being more than 100 years old, I still found some of them relevant today.
Living in the novitiate community has taught me to appreciate, respect, and love my community members. This lived experience has brought me a fuller awareness of the importance of having a good relationship with God and others. This has taken place within and outside of the novitiate. Following my prayer life fervently, both personal and communal prayers, have changed my way of self-surrendering to God and letting His will be done. I have benefited from the personal space which the novitiate offered to let God speak to me and let me grow in all dimensions. This has contributed to letting go of the unnecessary things and letting God in my life. All the quiet evenings, monthly recollection, and annual retreats have meant a lot to me, and I am looking forward to continuing to enjoy these special moments.
Interacting with the young adults at the Church of Epiphany through the Alpha program has allowed me to share and become friends with all the participants. Sharing my own faith journey and listening to other people’s stories has supported my spiritual growth. Praying for and with others both at the Epiphany and at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine has helped me to understand how important it is to be in union with others through prayer.
Cabrini’s writings, especially To the Ends of the Earth, have broadened my knowledge about the diverse ways of being a true missionary. I am eternally grateful for the mission experiences I had in both Dobbs Ferry, NY and in Cabrini Guatemala. These two wonderful missions brought the significance of understanding the mission with an open mind and heart of learning, loving, and enjoying what I am called to do. Through my mission experiences, I found these attributes, and that of being willing to learn from others. These three elements helped me in my two missions and in my novitiate journey as well. May God bless you, Sr. Evarlyne.