The Oblate sisters of Wisdom mark their 160th anniversary of foundation
In 1859, at the initiative of Mr de Larnay, priest known for his piety and missionary courage, was founded the Oblate Sisters of Wisdom for young deaf girls who wanted to dedicate their lives to the love of Christ through Mary and to the most disadvantaged. Sister Annick, Oblate Sister of Wisdom, gives us an account of the 160th anniversary celebration.
Sr Annick, Oblate de la Sagesse
JUNE 27th 2019, CELEBRATION OF 160 YEARS OF THE OBLATE SISTERS OF WISDOM
“With the approach of June 27TH, the date of the foundation of our Institute by Father de LARNAY, we are excited and joyous. We prepared the invitations and the liturgy. This time, unlike for the 150th in 2009, the celebration will be intimate, because of the advanced age of the Sisters. On June 25th, I prepare the chapel with Sr. Fabienne, animator of Larnay. My Oblate Sisters of Wisdom wanted to help us.
On June 27, I am happy that all 5 Oblate Sisters can be present. Sr. Rani Kurian, Superior General, Sr. Louise Madore, who accompanied us for 12 years as Superior General, Sr. Francine Morès, Superior of the Community since 2006 and Sr. Thérèse FABIEN, representative of the Provincial Superior Sr. Marie-Françoise VIVIEN, and other Daughters of Wisdom from the area are present. The deaf Friends are also there and many residents of Larnay. Father DALLIER, descendant of the family of Mr LARNAY, celebrates the Mass with Father PETIT, chaplain of the Deaf of Poitiers.
During Mass, Sr. Rani says, “Today, the 160th birthday … 5 sisters are still alive and renew their vows. I am very moved. “
The Deaf Friends express their appreciation of the display relating the story of Father LARNAY and the history of the Oblate Sisters. “In 10 years, maybe there will be no Oblate Sisters of Wisdom … “I do not know, we’ll see in 10 years! Today is a celebration and it is important for us.”