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Aspects of the history & charism (which means our spirit). Presentation to Maryvale College. In 1849 Bishop Devereux asked for . Assumption sisters to come to . Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape . & open schools. . ID: 751139

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Missionary Sistersof the Assumption

Aspects of the history & charism (which means our spirit)

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Presentation to Maryvale College

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In 1849 Bishop Devereux asked for

Assumption sisters to come to

Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape

& open schools.

I would like to tell you a little

of the early sisters & how we

became to be in Maryvale.

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27 August 1849 – Antwerp

3 December 1849 – Port Elizabeth

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Born:Brussels 21 April 1822

Amelia de Henningsen

Mother Gertrude

Notre Mere

Died:

Grahamstown

1 November 1904

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The journey lasted over 3 months

On the

Oceanie

:

Sailors mutinied

Pirates attacked

Fire broke out

Food went rotten

Very little fresh water

Most passengers became seasick

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Between 3 & 11 December the Sisters prepared for their journey from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown. They washed their clothes and packed the wagons.

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The Assumption Sisters were the first religious Sisters in Africa south of the Equator Pioneer Sisters of South Africa Many, even priests, thought they should not be here as the time was not ripe for women religious in SA

Misunderstandings, changes due to circumstances & difficulties in communication obliged Notre Mere to break from the founding congregation & so began:

“The Missionary Sisters

of the Assumption”

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Two novices came from France withMother Gertrude.

They made their vows as sisters on 21 December 1849 only 6 days after arriving in Grahamstown

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Two Schools were started on 15 January 1850the first convent schools in SA.

Fee paying children in

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

A free school in a stable

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The Life of the Sisters in the early years was very different from their experiences of convent life in Europe. They had to cope with many difficulties.Everything was “new”

They did not have a proper/private dwelling

They were short of staff & money

War broke out on Christmas day 1850

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At night the Sisters together with the orphans & many from the town slept in the cellar of St Patrick’s Church

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The Sisters were involved in many charitable works:Attended the sickCared for orphans

Buried the dead

Ran a lottery for funds for a hospital

Organised a library for the soldiers

Gave religious instructions

Sang in the Church choir

Sacristans

Helped other religious who came to SA

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To raise much needed cash the skilful

Sisters did needlework for the local community

They grew flowers for Church.

The Sisters started a fruit & vegetable garden to provide for the children & themselves.

There were difficulties due to

different climate.

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During the first 9 years in SA Notre Mere experienced many difficulties & hardships

1854 death of Bishop Devereux who was a friend and supporter

Difficulties with the local priest

A maid, Jane, ‘was out of her mind’

Frontier wars

Shortage of personnel & funds

Stables used for free school washed away

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In August 1858 I was struck down with a severe attack of pleurisy & given up by the doctors. On receiving the sacraments I was restored to health.

It was during this illness that I saw Our Lady ..... I thought I was drowning, felt the rush of waters in my ears & heard the waves dashing over me, when I perceived her on a boat, with the child on one arm & the other stretched out to save me.

From that moment, I felt sure I would get better, though the doctors had given up hope.

Notre Mere’s Memoirs

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As a recovery programme the Doctor recommended the Notre Mere take a rest on a farm &

go horse riding for recreation .

She followed his instructions!

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Mother Gertrude was given the name “Notre Mere” during the 1850 war - & it remained with her.

Some aspects of her life:

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She had a very special devotion to the

Blessed Sacrament

This has remained part of our Assumption Tradition as can be seen in the chapels of our convents

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Notre Mere’s Motto

the way

I am

the truth

the life

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Notre Mere’s psalm:

O God, you are my God,

for you I long;

for you my soul is thirsting.

My body pines for you

like a dry weary land without water.

(Ps 62)

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She committed

her life to

Christ

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Selected sayings of Notre Mere Show God your love for him by your zeal & by charity

without limit.

Give yourself unreservedly to God;

become a docile instrument in his hands.

Follow the voice of your conscience.

Integrity, justice & honesty are stronger than sentiment

even though they can cost much pain.

Be large minded as well as large hearted.

Don’t strain at gnats;

practise true charity & common sense

not like people who are pigeon hearted.

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“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full”

John

10:10

Fully Alive!

Notre Mere

“The glory of God is the person

Fully Alive”

St Ireaneaus

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Paris

Religious of Assumption founded in 1839 by

Mere Marie Eugenie.

Sr Gertrude leaves for South Africa in August 1849

First Sisters arrive in Port Elizabeth South Africa on 3 December 1849. Arrive in Grahamstown 15 December 1849. Became a separate congregation.

1932: Sisters sent to Ballynahinch in Northern Ireland.

Many Irish women joined MSA

1958: 4 sisters sent to USA to start a school; withdrawn in 1964.

Over the years Sisters are sent to work in African countries: Egypt, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Our roots in Africa

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MSA apostolate in Africa

Currently in:

South Africa

Worked in:

Egypt

Malawi

Nigeria

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Sisters in formation from:

Congo

Kenya

Nigeria

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Our mission is in

Education

Health care

F

aith formation

often we not directly involved

&

our aim is to enable others

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MSA Crest

Notre Mere chose the symbol of the anchor & the motto,

Adveniat

Regnum

Tuum

as the crest of her sisters

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Shaped as the seal used by our early sisters

.

Southern Cross is a reminder of our origins in the southern hemisphere.

The Cross

The anchor is our oldest sign.

It originates from our beginnings

in the Cape of Good Hope.

It is a sign of hope & of being “anchored” in the steadfast love of God.

MSA Emblem

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Charism & Heritage Statement

The

Missionary Sisters of the Assumption

grew from the

seven sisters

, sent to

South Africa

by the Religious of the Assumption in

1849

.

The first religious women in South Africa,

came at the request of Bishop Devereux

of Grahamstown

.

His

vision was that they would assist in

Faith

formation,

Education

Health care

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In January 1850, they established two schools:

one fee-paying

(to provide for their support) &

the other free

From this small beginning schools were later

established in other parts of

South Africa,

Africa & Ireland.

Among these are:

Maryvale College, Johannesburg

Assumption Convent Malvern, Germiston

Assumption Convent Primary School, PN

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Fr Philip

Erasme

founded

St Paul’s Parochial Primary School for

boys in 1943.

In 1990 the two schools merged to become Maryvale College:

A vibrant, co-educational, Catholic School which offers quality education in the South African context.

Maryvale College grew out of the first Assumption

School to be established in Johannesburg.

The parish priest,

Fr Philip

Erasme

OMI

, who

had been educated by the Jesuits in Graham-

stown

, drove personally to Grahamstown to ask

the

Assumption Sisters to start a girls school.

They did so in

1939

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Maryvale College is a small

dynamic school

that

offers quality Catholic

education to learners

from a range of backgrounds.

We aim to educate so that our learners are not

content to be consumers but

to make a

meaningful contribution to their world.

The crest of the College combines

elements of the two schools and speaks clearly of its spirit.

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We integrate

Academic excellence

Gr 12 100% passes

Service

(Interact, peer counselling, community service group)

A healthy all-round human development

(sport, drama, choir, debating) &

the services of a school counsellor

Prayer at the heart of all we do

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Maryvale College is a

happy, caring, spiritual environment

where young people can

grow into responsible members & leaders of society

who make a difference in their communities

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The

Sword

The

two-edged sword of the

Word of God

guides staff & learners

.

Prayer

at

the heart of

the school community. St Paul was put to death by the sword

The Anchor

God’s

faithfulness

& steadfastness

in our

lives & our

striving to be true to

God

, to ourselves

& to

one another.

The

Cross

Christ’s

gift

of himself

&

our

response

in

love

.

We form

all learners

in love

of Christ

.

We follow the

RE programme

&

worship

together.

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Motto is a phraseadopted as a principle of behaviour

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Honour the Lord

through learning

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In all our work of humble service & in our prayerMary assumed into heaven is our example & sign of hope

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Thy Kingdom Come


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