St Anselm’s Zone of USOA Congregation Inaugurated in Awka

. . . Sr. Ejezie, Pioneer Coordinator

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

For efficient administration, the University Sisters of Assumption (USOA) Congregation, last Saturday, May 11, 2019 at St Joseph the Worker’s Catholic Chaplaincy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, Anambra State, inaugurated the St Anselm’s Zone of the congregation.

The inauguration which brought to three, the current total number of zones of the USOA congregation, doubled with the installation of Sr. Sabina Chidumaga Ejezie, USOA, as the pioneer zonal coordinator of the St Anselm’s Zone.

According to the Superior General, USOA Congregation, Rev. Mother Kate Egolum, USOA, the newly inaugurated St Anselm’s Zone, comprised of Awka 1, Awka 2, Oko, Umunze, Nsukka and Abakaliki Communities.

Leading in the concelebrated inaugural Mass, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, described priesthood and religious vocation as special gifts to the Church.

The bishop congratulated the religious group on the zonal inauguration, which he said was necessary for the easier administration of the congregation by the superior general, just as the six regions of Awka Catholic Diocese were for easier administration of the diocese by the bishop.

In his homily, Bishop Ezeokafor reminded the religious of the expectation that they live lives of charity, poverty and obedience, saying that the three were very important in their vocation.

Pointing out that the religious must belong to a community of those that had the same charisma with them (as in the congregation), the bishop noted that it was basic that the religious obey their superiors, just as the priests were bound to obey their bishops and their superiors.

He urged the religious to ensure their target was to do the good of their congregation.

Addressing the newly installed and pioneer coordinator of St Anselm’s Zone, Bishop Ezeokafor said, ‘Your duty is to build the zones and the members, despite their individual differences. You will encounter difficulties no doubt, but you have to carry the cross with patience. Remember that at the end, you have to give account of your stewardship in the zone. You have been given the responsibility, do your best and live up to the demands of the responsibility’.

The Catholic prelate however, exhorted all on lives of chastity, saying that chastity was for all (both the young and the married), in their various vocations in life, not just for priests and religious.

In her address of welcome, the superior general, USOA Congregation, Rev. Mother Catherine Egolum, USOA, noted that the creation of St Anselm’s Zone, alongside two others, was a fall out of the congregation’s 3rd General Chapter proceedings in August, 2018. Pointing out that Awka was the first Community of the University Sisters of Assumption, the superior general stated her conviction that St Anselm’s Zone would play pioneering roles in its contributions to the development of the designed plans for the congregation.

She said the purpose of the zoning was to facilitate rapport with the central administration, assist the religious to participate readily in the life of the congregation and enhance mutual beneficial cooperation among the sisters. Rev Mother Egolum reminded the sisters of the need for increased cooperation among them for greater achievements.

The superior general urged them to at all levels make joint efforts to build what she described as a community with a shared future, as well as create a peaceful and prosperous zone.

She commended the zonal coordinator and the zonal council for taking up the responsibility in good faith, and encouraged them to work in unity to realize the common prosperity.

According to her, it was only through a joint effort with trust in the Holy Spirit, who called and leads them, that they would be able to reach their fundamental goal.

Speaking to the press, the newly installed coordinator of St Anselm’s Zone, Sr. Chidumaga Ejezie, USOA, prayed God for the continuous grace to live up to her responsibilities.

The duo of the superior general and the zonal coordinator, commended all who graced the events and donated in support of the congregation’s needs of a land, secretariat, among others.

Taking of the oath of office and allegiance, vow of obedience, kiss of peace, signing of the vows and donations in support of the USOA Congregation, formed part of the event that had the Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, FAS, as the chairman of the occasion.

Moment of joyful thanksgiving as the superior general, USOA Congregation, Rev. Mother Catherine Egolum, USOA (left) and the zonal coordinator, Sr. Ejezie, USOA (right), lead their sisters and others in thanksgiving.
The pioneer coordinator of St Anselm’s Zone of University Sisters of Assumption, Congregation, Sr. Sabina Chidumaga Ejezie, USOA (kneeling right), takes her Oath of Allegiance and vows before the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor (sitting left), who was the chief celebrant.

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