The Nigeria Conference of Women Religious (Awka Area) last Sunday, 18th February during their Lenten recollection, hosted by the Congregation of Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) at Arch-bishop Obiefuna Retreat and Pastoral Conference Center, Okpuno, Awka South Local Government Area solemnly called on God for His divine intervention on the peace of Nigeria. The recollection which had its theme as 'Mary, Model of Concentrated lives and prophetic Witnessing Nigeria', witnessed the presence of religious women from different congregations.
Delivering his lecture titled, Mary Model of Concentrated Lives, Rev. Fr. Johnbosco Nkanyimuo, Assistance Director, Arch-bishop Obiefuna Retreat and Pastoral Conference Center, Okpuno, reminded the religious that they were set apart for the mission of the gospel therefore, they should imitate the virtues of Mother Mary as their role model. He urged them to be full of humility and simplicity and meditate always about the life of Mother Mary and their vocation. He encouraged them to be prayerful, as prayer, he said, is a part and parcel of their existence. He added that without good prayers the quality of the vacation becomes dry and they become empty vessels of no use. Fr. Johnbosco advised them to meditate and ponder on the words of God always and renew their lives by reading the Bible.
Earlier in his Homily in a Holy Eucharistic Celebration to commence the recollection, Rev. Fr. Francis Anene, Director Arch-bishop Obiefuna Retreat and Pastoral Conference Center, Okpuno, reminded the religious that they are in covenant with God and not in contract hence they should bear in mind that God is ever faithful to accept them amidst their imperfections. He encouraged them never to grow weary in the works of God but rather, trust in his grace to lead them through the journey of life. He further advised them to look up to God regardless of men looking down on them. He also cautioned them against materialism saying that they should let go whatever would be a distraction to keep the covenant they have with God.
In her vote of thanks, Sr. Mary Noeleen Obi, IHM, thanked Rev. Fr. Johnbosco Nkanyimuo for his in-depth lecture and prayed God to bless him with more wisdom and knowledge and all the religious present who deemed it necessary to join in the recollection. She further encouraged her fellow religious on the need to live a prayerful life and imitate the virtues of Mother Mary as the role model.