OUR CHARISM

THE DAUGHTERS OF SAINT THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS (BANYATEREZA SISTERS)

We are a religious Institute founded in Fort Portal, Uganda, in 1937, by the Missionaries of Africa, the Right Rev. Francis Xavier Lacoursiere and Fr. Ulric Beauchamp as co-founder and principal teacher. We have St. Therese of the Child Jesus as our Patron saint thus; we are called the Daughters of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. We were founded to take part in the mission of Christ that of spreading the Good News of Christ to all people we work with in our various ministries. “Let the good news be proclaimed to all” are the words of the Co-founder which resonate with some of Jesus’ words: “… to the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God because for this purpose I have been sent” (Luke 43-44). “… I have come so that they might have life and have it more abundantly (Jn 10:10). “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord (Lk 4:18-19). This mission we fulfil mainly by living a prophetic life showing that Christ is still alive today and shows (Com)passion for humanity in their suffering and indifference. In this way we are called to “Be other Christs” as we emulate His sentiments and witness this by living our Baptismal and Religious Consecration. In other words, we strive to be a life-giving community reflecting the Kingdom of God as we try to live a life of communion modelled on the Triune God and the Holy Family of Nazareth. By living both Contemplative and Apostolic ways of life we unite ourselves to God seeking to deepen our intimate relationship with Christ. We reciprocate God’s love for us with love of the other near and far directing them to their creator. We do this being animated by Spiritual Childhood, the little way of our patroness, which is marked by complete trust in the loving God, recognizing that without His help we can do nothing (Cf. Jn 15:5).

In our contemplative aspect, we are guided by the Spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Each member is called do her best in the sanctification of the present moment, being helped by the actual grace that God gives particularly for that moment. Everything is done out of the love of God for the sanctification of self and for the salvation of souls. (“My Jesus, I do this for love of you”). This is the source of strength for ministry in the apostolate aspect of our Religious calling. (From the feet of Jesus to service).

By living the three evangelical Counsels of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience we live in community and celebrate life together as one family and also reach out to God’s people being guided by Hospitality, Simplicity, Humility, Sense of belonging and Readiness to do God’s will as the principle virtues.

In carrying out our various ministries we recognize that we are a part of Christ ‘s Body, the Church, thus we adhere to Her Hierarchical and Magisterial orderings while at the same time considering ourselves, a system as an institute, with each member entrusted with authority for service at a particular level. The Law of the Church and the Proper Law are our rule of life as we live this communion.

We participate in the mission of the Church and follow the example of our Patroness St. Therese of the Child Jesus by praying for and working with people from all walks of life both near and far according the Church’s needs of the time; with the vision of becoming a life-giving Community reflecting the Kingdom of God. Our ministry is shaped by the words of our Founder and Co-founder “Let the Good News be proclaimed to all”. This Good News is Jesus Christ who must be recognized and loved by all people.

Despite our primary work being teaching catechism, we have also moved into other areas of development as a response to the need to form a whole person, who not only has a spirit but also a body, both of which are important.

We evangelize through:

 Active Prayer and Work

 Teaching Catechism

 Ministry to the family and the poor

 Teaching in Schools at all levels

 Health Services

 Special ministry to women, the Youth and the children

 Participating in various Economic, Social and Pastoral projects.