Answering the call to an existence time responsibility six sisters; Sr. Agatha Onwudi, Sr. Chimebere Ekenwosu, Sr. Esther Anichi, Sr. Irene Alonge, Sr. Perpetua Oguibe, Sr. Viola Ihejirika of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ made their last vow of destitution, virtuousness and dutifulness on June 17, 2017 in St. Theresa Catholic Parish Mandala Minna bishopric in Niger state.
These vow are profound temperances which make a sister focused on the catholic confidence and her religious family. The last vow they made mean that they have conferred themselves at long last to the religious life and for all time in the Congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.
The model of the congregation is the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first Handmaid of the Lord. The name Poor Handmaid is gotten from the words to the Angel “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord” this communicates the charism which is appeared in the status to be accessible as normal instrument in the hands of the Lord, to proceed with the sparing work of rdemption.
Blessed Katharina Kasper was the principal who made the bold step, Sr. Agatha , Sr. Chimebere , Sr. Esther, Sr. Irene , Sr. Perpetua and Sr. Viola have enthusiastically given their last yes keeping in mind the end goal to proceed with the work of our foundress Katharina Kasper to serve the needy individuals, less benefit and furthermore advocate for human right.
The Holy Mass for the commitment began at 10.20am. The Holy Mass was administered by the Bishop of Minna Diocese; Bishop Martin Uzoukwu, concelebrated by Fr. Ralph Madu the secretary general of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and Fr. Raphael Imelor the Dean of the Deanery and Parish cleric of St Theresa Mandala. Different dignitaries present were priests from different dioceses, Sisters from various congregations, guardians, relatives and companions of the sisters to be at last affirmed.
In his lecture, Bishop Martin Uzoukwu reproved the lay dependable to recall forget the casualties of Mandala bomb impact of 25th December 2011 in this very church; St. Theresa’s catholic Parish Mandala Niger state. Promote he urged the general population to help the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ assemblage with their petitions, monetarily and generally to empower them to engender the gospel and it will be valued and sensibly utilized.
What’s more he expressed gratitude toward the sisters for the last promises for their ingenuity endeavors in their job. He helped the families to remember those for definite pledges that these sisters have blessed themselves absolutely and they ought not trouble them with family issues/obligations. The Bishop additionally spoke to guardians, companions and well-wishers of the sisters to be at last proclaimed to help the sisters tangibly, fiscally and furthermore with their petitions.
At this point, the sisters to be at last affirmed were gotten out by Sr. Scholastica Okorie the Pro-Regional Superior un-sake of Sr. Gonzalo Vakasseril General Superior who was unavoidably missing. The sisters came and remained before the Archbishop and the assemblage. They stooped and articulated their last promises of the three Evangelical advice of Poverty, virtuousness and submission separately. After the proclamation of pledges, the sisters prostrated on the floor close to the sacred place. The reiteration petitions of the holy people were droned in English dialect. This was delightfully done by three PHJC sisters. Taken after by marking of the last promises articulated on the Altar and taken after by the blessed supplication by the Bishop.
Instantly after the Eucharistic festival the recently at long last claimed sisters brought shot with the diocesan and ministers at the sacrificial table and different Guests a short time later. From that point, the days’ exercises proceeded with a diversion and refreshment that occurred at the congregation’s lobby. Highlights of the exercises were cutting of the Cake, tunes, a move by the recently at last purported sisters and introduction of endowments. At last Sr. Agatha expressed gratitude toward all who were available for their supporting and celebrating with them.
The festival finished at around 4.00pm.