Good Shepherd Srs celebrate Silver Jubilarian, Final and First professions

…As Sr.Lucy Anusi takes her Final Profession.

By Mercy Hills

The atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Okpaugwu, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, was filled with joy and thanksgiving to God as the Catholic Diocese held the first religious profession of 13 Rev. Sisters, 4 final professed and a silver jubilarian from the Congregation of Jesus the Good Shepherd on Saturday, 11th August 2018.

The concelebrated Eucharistic Mass which attracted Priests, Religious and Catholic faithful from Abakaliki Diocese and beyond was presided over by the Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev Michael N. Okoro.

The congregation, during the first religious profession of the 13and 4 final professed Rev Srs who took the vow of poverty, chastity and obedience also witnessed the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Rev. Sr. Grace Agu, who clocked 25 years in the vineyard of the Lord.

The final professed sisters include Sisters MaryJane Ngozi Orjiogbonnaya, Theresa Chinyere Okeoma, Agatha Oluchukwu Uguru, and Lucy Nkechinyere Anusi, who is a sister to the Director of Fides Communications, Awka, Rev. Fr. Martin Anusi.

While the first professed Sisters were Lucy Obasi, Judith Orji, Christiana Eberechukwu Anaga, Clementina Aniamalu, JaneFrancis Enwerem, Sandra Mlumun Yachiga, Benita Ohanemu, Mary Christopher, Rosemary Korie, Jennifer Chinyereze Eze, Helen Igbang, MaryCynthia Igwe, and Mary Ugwuoke.

During the Mass for the ceremony, the congregation was captivated as they stared at the Rev. Sisters who prostrated at the Altar during the Litany of the saints and prayers of profession.

Highlights of the ceremony include the offering of allegiance to the spirit of the congregation before the Bishop of the Diocese and the Mother General of the Congregation, Rev. Mother Nkiruka Offor. The signing of their vows and the reception of profession rings from the Bishop were part of the climax of the event.

In his homily, Rev. Fr. Godwin Oluoha, the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Onueke, Abakaliki, reminded the 4 final professed Rev Srs. of the journeys they were to embark on, and encouraged them to remain prayerful and steadfast as he assured them of God’s greater and abundant love.

Addressing the first professed Rev. Sisters, the cleric enjoined them to keep pressing on in faith and holiness to achieve the desired goal, which was to get to the final stage of the mission. While he beckoned on the silver jubilarian, Rev. Sr Grace Agu, to continue championing the cause of the mission with her candle lit, he charged her to remain a source of light to others while commending her for her endless efforts in living the spirit of the congregation.

Fr. Oluoha urged parents, well-wishers as well as parishioners to render support to those working in the vineyard of God, as he pointed out that the mission was for the strong and willing in heart.

Speaking during the vote of thanks at her reception hall, Rev. Sister Lucy Nkechinyere Anusi appreciated God for His grace, thanked her family and all present for their support and care; and pledged her continuous service to God and humanity.

Final professed Rev. Srs. Prostrate for the litany of the saints
Cutting of Cake
Final Professed: L-R Srs. Lucy Anusi, Maryjane Orjiogbonnaya, Theresa Okeoma, Agatha Uguru. 1st right: Sr. Grace Agu (silver jubilarian).
First professed Rev Srs with lighted candles
Rev. Sr. Lucy Nkechinyere Anusi with Rev Fr. John Obasi
Rev. Sr. Lucy Nkechinyere Anusi, with her niece, Adaobi Vivian Anusi during the reception at Abakaliki
Sr Anusi (centre) with Vicar General, Sr. Rosemary Onyemere (left) and Fr. Anusi (right)
Opening prayers during the parish Reception in Abakaliki
Rev Fr. Martin Anusi with family and friends
Rev. Sr. Lucy Nkechinyere Anusi during the reception at Abakaliki by her home parish.
Rev. Fr. Godwin Oluoha delivering his homily
Srs. Lucy Nkechinyere Anusi receiving her profession ring from the presiding Bishop
Priest and Religious after thanksgiving Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Agulu, on Sunday, 12th August, 2018.
L-R; Rev Fr. Martin Anusi, Rev. Mother Nkiruka Offor and Sr.Lucy Anusi at the Reception
Cross section of First professed Rev. Srs.
Bishop Michael N. Okoro with the Founder, Msgr PatrickMary A. Mmuo, Mother General, Nkiruka Offor and Srs after the Mass.

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