Sister Irene Stefani aka Nyaatha’s beatification is a hot topic for all Catholics this week. However, if you are not Catholic, or maybe you are and still clueless as to what the beatification is all about, this article will explain all you need to know.
What is Beatification?
“Beatification” is the step right before sainthood. By beatifying someone, the Church proclaims that the person in question is
- Definitely in Heaven
- Definitely able to plead to God on your behalf if you pray to him.
NB: This is theoretically true for any other Christians in Heaven, too. But beatification is meant to be a rigorous process in order to prove this is the case.
Who can be beatified?
A person whose life has been filled with good deeds, therefore somebody doesn’t need to be a nun or a father to be beatified. However, before you can be beatified, the Church has to investigate and make sure that all of your writings show “purity of doctrine” (i.e., nothing against the faith!) and that all of your actions were motivated by virtue. Cardinal Otunga is still being decided
Who was Sister Irene Stafani?
The Venerable Sister Irene Stafani (in baptism Aurelia Jacoba Mercede) was born on the 22nd August 1891 at Anfo (Brescia) – Italy. She was baptized the following day after her birth. She joined the Consolata Missionary Sisters in 1911 and she was trained in religious life as well as a nurse. In 1914, she took her vows as a sister and soon after was sent by Blessed Joseph Allomano the founder of Consolata fathers and sisters missionaries to Kenya. She died at the age of 39, on the 31st October, 1930.
The congregation of the cause of Saints acknowledged that Sr. Irene lived the Christian virtues in heroic way and Pope Benedict XVI confirmed this acknowledgment on 2nd April 2011. On that same day the decree was issued by the Congregation of the cause of Saints.
A next step was the examination of the miracle attributed to the intercession of Sr. Irene.
About Sister Irene Stefani aka Nyaatha’s beatification
Saturday, 23rd May 2015, is the D-day, a mass and the main ceremony will be held in Nyeri at Dedan Kimathi University’s ground while on Sunday her remains will be moved from Mathari to Our Lady of Consolata Cathedral Church through a procession. A Sh3 million dais to be used during the beatification of Sister Irene Stefani ‘Nyaatha’ is almost complete.
Traffic police and the county government on Wednesday marked the roads that will be closed and those that will be used so as to control the flow of traffic during the three day event that will start on Friday to Sunday. They have also marked designated areas for parking vehicles about two kilometres away from Nyeri town.
However, public service vehicles will not be interrupted and will continue operating on their usual routes while picking passengers at terminus. Traders hawking goods on the streets of Nyeri will on Saturday and Sunday be kept away to avoid traffic jam.
On Friday there will be a vigil mass at Gikondi Catholic Church in Mukurweini where Sister Irene used to work and live. Here, they will be interred in a bullet-proof glass made alter which will be used to conduct the mass.
There it is, all you need to know about the beatification process. Any other questions you may have, please let us know below.