Parents, Community Nurture Vocations in an African Village

A Sister of Providence helps nurture vocations from 8000-miles away.

Nothing unusual about a Sister of Providence helping young women discern their vocations.  But for Sister Marie-Thérèse Gnamazo, whose hometown is nearly 8,000 miles away in Africa, it’s a little more complicated than usual.

Youth in Cameroon Discern Vocations
Sr. Marie-Thérèse with young women in Abong-Mbang, Camaroon.

Given the distance, Sister Marie-Thérèse stresses the importance of the parish, parents and community in the discernment process.  When you think of it, that’s true whether the person discerning is next door or on another continent.

Sister Marie-Thérèse’s own route to the Sisters of Providence began in 2008 starting in Cameroon with a stop in Rome before joining the Congregation in Seattle.

During a visit home earlier this year, a classmate from her time at the Gregorian University in Rome allowed Sister Marie-Thérèse to speak to his parish, Sts. Peter and Paul in the Abong-Mbang region of Cameroon. 

The young girls ranged in age from 13 to 20.  Some are about ready to start high school, others university.  The key, emphasizes Sister Marie-Thérèse, is to listen to their stories, hopes, dreams, anxieties and doubts.

Sister will return and hopes to speak to many other parishes in the diocese but in the meantime is confident that the people in the girls’ lives will be there to encourage and support the young people as they chart their own future.

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