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Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ Celebrate Diamond Jubilee

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ, celebrates the Diamond Jubilee (1937 – 2012), of the Foundation of the Institute this year, 2012. The Congregation was founded by the late Archbishop Charles Heerey, CSSp (1890 – 1967) when he was the Vicar Apostolic of Southern Nigeria. He was moved by the plight of the less privileged in his Vicariate as well as deep concern for the upliftment of women and children to found a congregation of women who would take up his concerns in humility and compassion. So far the Congregation has continued to take care of women, children, and the less privileged, working in Schools, Universities, Hospitals, Maternity Homes, Leprosaria, and taking care of widows, etc, not only in Nigeria but also in countries across Africa, America and Europe. This year, the Congregation celebrates the mustard seed planted by Archbishop Charles Heerey with just two foundation members, which by the grace of God, has grown into a big tree.

The jubilee year was duly inaugurated on the 22nd of October 2011 and a lot of activities have been slated to mark the year. A number of events have been scheduled to mark the climax of the celebration in the last week of September. These events include the Diamond Jubilee Mission Exhibition opening on 25 September 2012, Diamond Youth Day – Opera/Music Festival, Madonna Renewal Centre, Nkpor on 26th September, 2012, Diamond Symposium for IHM Sisters, on 27th September, 2012, Day with our Mothers & Fathers, Holy Rosary Sisters, and Holy Ghost Fathers, Children’s Day, all scheduled to take place on 28th September, Gala/ Awards Day, on 29th September. All these activities will take place at the Madonna Renewal Centre, Nkpor.

The grand finale will take place on 30th September along with the celebration of the Golden and Silver Jubilee celebrations of some of our Sisters at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity. There will be launching of the Film on the life and Mission of Archbishop Charles Heerey, and Documentary on the History of the Congregation, among other things.

 


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