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New nun makes history
Congregation of Jesus welcomes first Nepalese sisterSister Sharma takes her vows (photo by Deepa Olikunnel)
- Chirendra Satyal, Kathmandu
- July 30, 2012
The 22-year-old took her vows at a simple eucharistic ceremony at St Maryâ€™s School chapel in central Kathmandu as she joined the oldest congregation of nuns in the country, following their arrival in 1955.
In his sermon, Bishop Anthony Sharma â€“ the first Nepalese Catholic Priest in Nepal â€“ had a special message for the new sisterâ€™s family, all of them Hindus from Nepalâ€™s highest Brahmin caste.
â€śIn Nepalese culture, right after a girl marries, she leaves home for good to go and live in her husbandâ€™s home,â€ť said the priest, who is not related to Sister Sharma. â€śBut in your case she will remain your daughter forever.â€ť
Initiation into a congregation of nuns remains a practice that is unfamiliar to the majority of people in this predominantly Hindu country. Howeve, several more women were scheduled to take their vows, said Regional Superior for the Congregation of Jesus, Sister Margaret Mary.
â€śThe culture of really celebrating when someone from local families goes to become a nun, brother or priest will take time to develop,â€ť she said.
Sister Sharma was taking her first religious vows alongside a young Indian woman from Tamil Nadu in India, Sister Josephine Rita.
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