Several years ago, a request came from the Leader-ship Conference of Women Religious for communities to help Sisters from developing countries to obtain higher education. The Congregation of Divine Providence (CDP) is blessed to be in a position to contribute to this effort by hosting Sisters from Vietnam, Tanzania, and Uganda. The CDP has also hosted Sisters from around the United States as they have studied or on sabbatical. Having guests with us broadens our world view and allows us to share the gift of hospitality with our visitors.
In December 2014, we welcomed Sister Constansia Cyliro of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Bernadette from Tanzania, Africa. Her original intent was to study for a Masters in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University. Three years later on December 9, 2017, Sister Constansia Cyliro FSSB__ with Sister Frances Lorene Lange CDP Sister Constansia was awarded a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. Her intent is to use her skills of leadership and administration in her Congregation’s school, St. Bonaventure Middle School, where classes are taught in English.
Sister Constansia will return to Africa in January 2018. Before leaving San Antonio Sister stated, “I feel good. I believe I can help my community and especially those in education. The Masters in Leadership will help me prove to others that it can be done. I am better equipped to deal with different people of all ages and behavior. I can also help educate my community which is of prime importance. Leadership among women in Tanzania is very limited. Now I can make a difference in the future of my community, the students and those in the surrounding area.”
–Ana Maria Sanchez, ACDP
Pictured: Sister Constansia Cyliro, FSSB, with Sister Frances Lorene Lange, CDP.