We witness to the world that it is the Spirit of the Risen Christ who gives us the power to consecrate ourselves to God. We are called to be apostles making Christ present to the world in many ways:
- Christ praying on the mountain;
- Christ healing the sick;
- Christ feeding the hungry;
- Christ proclaiming the kingdom;
- Christ teaching and blessing children;
- Christ reconciling enemies and doing good to all people.
- In fulfilment of Christ's mission we serve the world as teachers, nurses, domestic, social and pastoral work.
As we work
"we explore new means of evangelization through training and reflection in order to be prophetic witnesses of the risen Christ(LCBL Vision Statement 2013 – 2019"
"We wish to respond to the message and papal exhortation on new evangelization so that we can journey together with the people of God bringing the message of hope of the Risen Lord (Africa Synod, 1994; Pope John Paul 11)"
In line with our Charism which demands that we continually examine our fidelity to the Lord, our docility to the Spirit, that we carefully discern the signs of the times in today’s needs for thinking with the Church (LCBL Constitution C5 No. 4) we explore new means of evangelization through training and reflection in order to be prophetic witnesses of the risen Christ(LCBL Vision Statement 2013 – 2019) in the spirit of cheerful simplicity and humble charity, qualities dear to our founder because they are dear to Christ and his mother whose children we are(LCBL Constitution C5 No. 1) .
Our Spiritual work by Diocese is covered in the following areas:
In 1953 three sisters were sent to train as nurses at Makumbi Mission. Ever since then more sisters have been trained and provided vital services to many people. Our sisters with limited resources, with the help of supportive staff have provided health care to the people mostly in the remote areas. Our sisters have been able to work in challenging situations.
Today the sisters continue to provide health care services in the remote areas in collaboration with other organisations. They continue to upgrade themselves to be in line with current developments in health especially in areas of HIV/AIDS care and management, which include counseling, outreach programmes.
“We have in the native sister a potential force for untold good work in the work of education” said Archbishop Aston Ignatius Chichester, the founder of the sisters of the Little Children of our Blessed Lady. Since 1937 when the first three sisters completed their Teacher training Course LCBL Sisters have contributed immensely to the education of young people in Zimbabwe. Today we continue to be involved in education right from pre-school to tertiary level. Our sisters are involved at various levels as school heads, board members.
Our sisters are continually upgrading themselves and have been involved in new initiatives. Some sisters have been trained in special education and others in early child development. One initiative in its infancy is the upgrading of Regina Mundi pre-school to include a Primary School.
Teaching sisters are not only concerned with imparting knowledge because besides classroom work the sisters are engaged in the work of evangelization like teaching catechism, working with young people in the parishes and organizing meetings or coordinating
The LCBL sisters have supported the work of evangelization in Zimbabwe. Since the foundation of the congregation in 1932, one of the key features in the history of our congregation is our focus on pastoral work. Pastoral work has been part of our formation. LCBL Sisters have from the beginning supported the local church by teaching catechism and strong involvement in attending to women and the vulnerable.
Pastoral work involves many aspects of parish work and pastoral care, teaching catechism, visiting the sick and the elderly. The missions where sisters are working have outreach programmes and most weekends sisters join the parish priests on these programmes. Some missions have as many as 40 or more outreach centres. Sisters assist the people in teaching, preparing for the sacraments, coordinating meeting and workshops of the different guilds and youth groups.
Sisters take leadership roles participating in Pastoral Councils and in the formation of lay leaders. Sisters are trained to assist people in liturgy, spiritual accompaniment, and styles of prayer, sacramental preparation, theology and scripture. Sisters respond to the normal crises in parish life which include consoling the grieving, preparing liturgies, burying the dead and also at the times of celebration like weddings, birth of children.
Responding to the signs of the times, the sisters are now venturing into the welfare of the girl child especially at tertiary level. Another aspect of our pastoral care is the care for our elderly sisters. Chichester Convent in Mabvuku is the home to our elderly and retired sisters. A trained nurse with the assistance of helpers ensures that the sisters have adequate health care. Some retired sisters who are still active live in different communities where they continue to do minimal pastoral work.
Some sisters are trained in social work and they offer v aluable services to the vulnerable especially children and people with disabilities. Children’s homes benefit from the services of our sisters. Makumbi children home, the home at All Souls Mission Mutoko and the recently opened Kasipiti children’s home benefit from the services of our sisters who are doing social work.