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Villa Maria Comes to a Close

Villa Maria, a loved and treasured house, and home to many Sisters for forty years in South Africa, has been sold and will be occupied by new owners from the beginning of November 2017.  Twelve Sisters, representing the Congregational Leadership and the Gauteng/Bloemfontein local community gathered at Villa Maria on 27 October 2017 for the final celebration of the Eucharist.  Hymns and readings had been carefully chosen, and Sisters shared reflections on Solomon’s prayer in the first book of Kings reminding us that the Lord keeps his promises and upholds the cause of his people, and on the commandment to love.  There were stories remembering Villa Maria as a house of formation, as the residence and offices of the South Africa Reginal Council, as a study house, as a place welcoming numerous Sisters in community over the years. While the property will be missed by all who have lived in it, known it and loved it for its spaciousness, its setting and its wonderful views over parts of the city, changed circumstances called for the move of the remaining Sisters. The house communities of Villa Assumpta, Emmanuel, Magaliesburg and Koinonia have each welcomed a new member, Srs Anne Thölking, Josephine Robecke, Justina Priess and Lidia Danyluk respectively. 

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