We’re going to Zimbabwe, Sr Breda and I, because Sr Itayi is making her final vows and we are invited to the celebration! It is a nostalgic trip for both of us, although Breda’s years in that lovely country far outnumber mine. Her achievements also are great and live on in the commitment of so many of our young Zimbabwean sisters, who were her novices.
In the mid-1960’s my own arrival in Salisbury (Harare) was a world away. Under UDI, Rhodesian colonialism was becoming somewhat paranoid. I remember posters which said: “Guard against Gossip”. Amazed by the beauty of the country, I wondered vaguely at times, to whom I should not gossip.
Now in 2018, British Airways is again bringing us back to visit a land of vibrant people, which has come through a long war of independence, new political challenges and another new beginning. We are fortunate and grateful to witness so much courage, optimism, graciousness and faith.
And on Saturday, 3 Feb with LCM sisters everywhere, we will give thanks for Itayi, her companions, and all those who have chosen the path laid down by Venerable Mary Potter. I am reminded of the African proverb that says: a leader does not roll up the path and take it away, but leaves it for us to walk in. Makorokoto Itayi!
Kathleen Keane LCM
Photo R to L: Srs Belinda, Mary and Itayi.