By Gerard Gough

THE sun was shining on St Gerard’s Church in Bellshill recently as Sister Stacey Cameron—Missio Scotland’s Mission Formation Co-ordinator—celebrated her perpetual profession of vows as a Sister of St Peter Claver.

The Mass was principally celebrated by Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell, who was joined on the day by a number of priests from both within and outwith the diocese, including Missio Scotland Diocesan Directors Fr Mike Freyne of Dunkeld and Fr David Connor of Argyll and the Isles.

Among the hundreds in attendance at the Mass and ceremony were many of Sr Stacey’s family and friends, as well as her fellow Claverian Sisters, some of whom had travelled from as far afield Ireland, England and Rome. Her colleagues in Missio Scotland were also present, including Mission Development Co-ordinator, Fr Bernard Makadani Zulu, who was one of the concelebrants.

After a moving and spiritually uplifting ceremony, Bishop Toal thanked all those in attendance for coming, before inviting the congregation to offer its congratulations to Sr Stacey with a round of applause.

“The Mass was absolutely amazing,” Sr Stacey said. “The ceremony was beautiful too and it’s difficult to say what was the most moving part, it was all so special. It was wonderful that so many people came along to share the day with me and I received many more touching messages from the poor souls who were stuck in traffic!”

After Mass, the celebrations continued in the nearby St Gerard’s Primary School, where guests enjoyed some food and refreshments and saw Sr Stacey cut a special cake to mark the occasion.