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IHM Sisters Rejoice with Fr. Odukwe on his Silver Jubilee

The Silver Jubilee anniversary of the priestly ordination of Very Rev. Fr. Theophilus Odukwe, organized by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother Christ, was celebrated at the Madonna Renewal Centre, Nkpor, Anambra State, Nigeria, on Saturday November 3, 2012. The ceremony which began with the celebration of the Holy Mass at 10.00am also featured dances, drama, songs and presentation of gifts by the Sisters, the Novices and the Postulants. In her address to the Jubilarian, Mother Mary Claude Oguh, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ, expressed gratitude to God for the gift of Father Odukwe to the Congregation as friend, brother, and spiritual Director, and for his gift to the entire Church in Onitsha Archdiocese. According to her, twenty five years ago, God raised him to His altars to serve as a priest. Though the road has been thorny, he has stood firm and lived his life as one convinced of his vocation. His humility, patience, commitment, selflessness and prayer life speak volumes to all who care to listen. The Sisters therefore rejoice and thank God with the Eucharistic Sacrifice, for what he has done for Fr. Odukwe, and through him for the people of God.

 In his response, Fr. Odukwe expressed gratitude to the Sisters for surprising him with the celebration, for the prayers, gifts and encomiums showered on him. He traced his long association with the Immaculate Heart Sisters and praised their tenacity in trying to live the Religious life as it should be lived. He urged them not to give up the struggle to live up to their charism and spirit as those were the distinctive marks of the Congregation. He prayed that each Sister would be filled with the blessings of the Jubilee year.



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