Louisiana sisters pray for safe return of kidnapped nun

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE/Grays News) – Marianite Sister Suellen Tennyson, 83, was abducted from a parish in Yalgo, Burkina Faso, Africa, where she had been stationed as a missionary since 2014, officials say. the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Many people around the world and locally in the Greater New Orleans area come together in prayer for Sister Tennyson.

Sister Tennyson attended high school at the former Holy Angels Academy. She served at the former St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Marigny and the Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church. She also worked for the Archdiocese of New Orleans as Vicar for Religious.

The Marianite Fellowship is in disbelief after learning of his disappearance.

Sister Ann Lacour, the Marianite congregation leader currently stationed in France, said Sister Tennyson was abducted in the middle of the night on Tuesday, April 5, by 10 armed hijackers.

“In his night clothes. No shoes, no glasses, no medicine, no phone. And she was blindfolded,” Sister Lacour said.

She now works with investigators in Paris, Rome and Burkina Faso.

“The United States Embassy in Burkina Faso calls us at least twice a day,” Sister Lacour said. “They absolutely want this to continue and want this to end as soon as possible.”

As do those who know her best; his family and friends in New Orleans, such as Marianite Sister Marjorie Hebert.

“We are doing our part to cooperate in the belief that all of this will eventually bring Suellen home safely. And Suellen’s home right now is Burkina Faso,” Sister Hébert said.

She said Sister Tennyson had lived in Yalgo Parish in Burkina Faso since 2014, serving as a support for medical staff in the community. Those close to her describe Sister Tennyson as the face of compassion.

“That call to her was there. It came late in her Marianite vocation, but it is what is most firm in her. So this is his house,” she said. “When she left to return in 2014, she made it very clear to us that we loved her and cherished her friendship; ‘I will work there. I will die there. And I will be buried there.

Now they carry hope in their hearts – hope she is protected and hope she is safe.

“We really believe that she will be found and we believe in that. We are holding on to that and the great grace of God, she will be fine,” Sister Lacour said.

The Marianite Congregation believes in the power of prayer and asks those who pray to pray for Sister Suellen’s safety and release from her captives.

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