May 16, 2011, 2:12 PM
The Gambian community is blessed with good and religious people who have made an indelible mark on the society as a whole. These include the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary Sisters. These Sisters like other religious Sisters live an austere life style for the
Sisters Bibian Sambou and Rosine Sanyang two young Gambians, have been in training for four years and finally took their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. These Evangelical Counsels set the religious apart for God's task through the love of mankind. The sacrifice enables the religious to see the difference between the good the bad and the ugly. The two young Presentation Sisters got their call from the same point and children should watch this if they should follow suit and Sisters too should copy and propound on what attracted the two young ladies to choose religious life.
Sister Bibian Flora Sambou, daughter of David Kebba Sambou and Veronic Sally Demba, was born on 7th February 1985 at Abuko and was baptised on the 17th February 1985 at Saint Therese's Parish. She was confirmed on June 2001 at the Resurrection Parish at Brikama. She has three brothers and five sisters. She is from an extended family.
After all the nurturing within her she was finally caught by the Presentation of Mary Sisters (PM), when the Sisters gave talk on their foundress and their congregation. This was a further inspiration for young Bibian urging her to join the juniorate in Rivier Home while still studying. Upon completing Grade 12 she opted to continue her formation proper according to the charism of the Presentation of Mary Sisters. During her formation, Bibian had community and apostolic experience in various communities. As a pre-postulant, she went to Affiniam in Cassamance, then to Serrekunda as a postulant and Brikama as a novice. These experience are part of those that made her know the Sisters more and to live the charism of Mother Rivier in a more fruitful way.
Sister Rosine Sanyang, a daughter of Alexander Sanyang and Bertha Manga Sanyang, was born on the 8th of February 1985 at Bakau New Town. She was baptised on 6th May 1990 at St. Charles Lwanga Parish, Fajikunda and got confirmed on 8th June 2001. She is from an extended family.
Rosine came in contact with the Presentation of Mary Sisters through Sister Mary via Bibian Flora. She expressed her desire and was accepted in Rivier Home where she continued her studies and at the same time learnt to know more about the Presentation of Mary Sisters.
Rosine completed Grade 12 and opted to start the formation proper by learning the Sisters' way of life. She was sent to various communities during formation for mission experience. As a Pre-postulant she served in Serrekunda, and in Brikama as a postulant and in
During the profession at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Bakau, the Vicar General, Rev. Fr. David Jimoh Jarju, said it was a moment of service and they should have faith in God. Thirty-six months of formation should enable them to perform tasks. He said the two Sisters should note that they would have no children. "Let your life be an open book so that you would not give what you do not have. Walk with love," he said. The vows of poverty, chastity and obedience mean giving yourselves, it is no struggle to God and He would want you to live clean and to be like that every day. He further said that first profession requires faith because it is shaping ones future. He compared Religious vows to that of marriage and the priesthood. "These are public figures, if any of them do anything others do, there would be an outcry," he said. He urged the Sisters to maintain high standard to influence the life of people. He further advised them not to be afraid to train their younger sisters, "Move on and go beyond showing love to your parents. Maintain standards and name more successes than failures in your new life for the
In the Gambia the Presentation of Mary Sisters run a large vocational school in Banjul, a Noviciate and a Retreat and Conference Centre in Fajara, a Basic Cycle School in Brikama, and a Catechetical Centre in Serrekunda.