The Story of Sr. Rosamunda Massawe’s Religious Vocation
Get to Know Sister Rosamunda Massawe CDNK, from the Sisters of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
Sr. Rosamunda Massawe CDNK is a Sister of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro who serves here at St. Catherine of Siena. She serves in our parish’s outreach with low income and refugee families. Sr. Rosamunda (along with her incredible volunteers) coordinates opportunities to serve these communities through English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, prayer meetings, monthly food distribution, and other opportunities.
When and how did you start to discern your religious vocation?
As a child, I was impressed by the appearance of the religious sisters in my home parish. They wore their vails on their heads, they walked in procession to the church for the mass as well as the Liturgy of the Hours during the day. One sister walked the children into the church to pray the rosary in front of the image of Blessed Virgin Mary. Also, on Saturdays, sisters walked us in procession for confessions, and for the “Angelus Domini” prayer at noon every day.
I received my first Communion at the age of seven. For the first time during the ceremony, I wore white dress and vail. I felt like a sister; I was moved and desired that one day to become a sister. This impression grew stronger when the sisters suggested to us about becoming sisters. They told us that “We will live together in the community of sisters, praying, eating, recreating, and learning how to follow Christ more closely.” Then, I decided to join the convent.
How would you describe your role here at the parish?
Description of my role at the parish is in threefold: One, as I fulfill my ministry, I taste the love of Christ whom I have offered myself so, I may share his love to the world around me. Two, I feel and experience God’s presence among those I serve, as I daily pray for myself and for all people. Finally, as I look at the less fortunate people in our church community, I am moved to do service as Christ continues to touch their lives.
What specifically about your religious order (charism, way of life, etc.) was attractive to you while discerning?
Specifically during my discernment, the Charism of my religious order attracted and influenced me to join. That is, the simplicity and readiness to do God’s will for his Glory, and for the salvation of all people. The CDNK Sisters are willing and ready to be sent wherever needed in response to the ministry for the people of God as well as the need of the Universal Church.
What is one aspect about your vocation that brings you joy?
In my vocation, the Simplicity in surrendering to Jesus in prayer brings me joy and readiness for the service in building the Kingdom of God here on earth.
What do you think are some of the most misunderstood beliefs or myths that people have about religious life?
I think some of misunderstood beliefs or myths people have about religious life are such as, this life is boring or useless, not social and no freedom, no family of their own, and poverty. Nevertheless, there are more God’s treasures in it than they can imagine.
What is a unique talent or hobby of yours that you enjoy as a sister?
As a religious sister in a community life, I enjoy praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament where I gain strength for my vocation.
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