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The Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mother of Christ has laid to rest the mortal remains of two of their members, Sister Mary Annunciata Ilechukwu and Sister Mary Carissima Anyanwu at the Sisters’ cemetery at Nkpor, Anambra State.

Sr. Mary Annunciata (Dada) who died at the age of 91, was among the Foundation members of the Congregation founded by Archbishop Charles Heerey of Blessed Memory in Onitsha, Nigeria. She was a renowned teacher and a woman of great faith who lived her whole life imparting the faith to others, especially the young. She taught for many years at Charles Heerey Memorial Juniorate, Urualla after her retirement from Government service.

Sr. Mary Carissima was also a great teacher who loved the youth and did her best to mould them well for the good of the society. Although she suffered much on account of ill health, she remained steadfast till the end of her life at the age of 70.

The Funeral Mass was presided over by the Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, and Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha, Bishop Emeritus of Orlu Diocese, who preached the sermon. Bishop Ochiagha talked of Sister Mary Annunciata as one who had instructed many in virtue during her lifetime. She loved nature and did all within her power to preserve it. He enjoined all to take care of the environment to avoid the natural disasters harassing the world every now and then. Bishop Ochiagha also described Sr. Mary Carissima as a calm woman, who despite all she went through, remained childlike and grateful to God and to all who took care of her. According to him, these two women lived their lives like people who believed that Jesus has prepared a place for them in heaven. He enjoined the faithful to emulate them and be ready to accept death at any time as it pleases God, like people who believe in the resurrection and eternal life.

The remains of the two Sisters were accompanied to the grave yard by hundreds of Priests, Sisters and Lay Faithful, including those from Ihiala and Umuokrika, the home towns of Sr. Annunciata and Sr. Carissima respectively.


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