Evangelization and missionary activity: nuns at the forefront of women's education
Bondoukou (Agenzia Fides) - "We have become what we are thanks to them. Until they arrived in our country, education for girls was very complicated", said one of the first students of the Catholic College of Transua in the eastern Ivory Coast, founded by the Sisters of Providence in Portieux.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the presence of the religious congregation in the area there have been many testimonies on the contribution that the sisters have made in school education, in particular that of girls. "High impact schools, hospitals and health centers. What the sisters have done so far has been excellent. We must thank God for the gift of their life to their brothers and sisters of the Ivory Coast", said Mgr. Bruno Essoh Yedo, Bishop of Bondoukou, during the mass celebrated in the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption of Transua. In his homily, Mgr. Yedo thanked God for the missionary work of the sisters and called them to carry out their commitment to evangelization in the face of the challenges of modern times.
The celebration was attended, among others, by numerous administrative and political authorities of the city, as well as priests, men and women religious of this congregation.
Present in eleven countries around the world, the congregation of the Sisters of Providence in Portieux was founded on January 14, 1762 in Saint-Hubert by Blessed Jean-Martin Moyë. His spirituality is based on four pillars: abandonment to providence, charity, poverty and simplicity. They are a religious congregation of pontifical right mainly dedicated to teaching, but also to assistance in hospitals and social works.
The first sisters of the Providence de Portieux congregation arrived in the Ivory Coast in November 1959.