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Sr. Miriam Jacinta Onyeke, IHM sleeps in the Lord

Sr. Miriam Jacinta Onyeke of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ has been laid to rest in the graveyard of the Sisters at Nkpor, Onitsha Archdiocese, Nigeria. Sr. Miriam Jacinta Onyeke was the 4th child born into the family of late Mr. Moses Onyeke and Mrs. Janet Onyeke, of Ogrute, Enugu-Ezike in Igbo-Eze North L.G.A. of Enugu State.

The quest to fulfil her dream took her to Charles Heerey Memorial Juniorate, Urualla, in Imo State, where she studied from 1971 - 1975. In 1975 she was received as a postulant in the same school, and then proceeded to the Immaculate Heart Postulate, then at Waterside, Onitsha, for her Postulancy. In 1977, Josephine was received as a Novice in Immaculate Heart Novitiate, Nkpor, where she remained for two years, learning about Religious life and the implications of her total self-giving to God. By the special grace of God, she made her first Religious Profession on 25th February 1979 taking the name, Sr. Miriam Jacinta. She took her final vows in 1988.


Sr. Miriam Jacinta, JC, as she was fondly called by all, lived like a candle light illumining the darkness with her beautiful smile. No matter what the situation was, she always had a smile on her face, ready to lighten tense situations with her sense of humour. Though calm in her manners, she was steadfast in action and diligent in every duty assigned to her. She was meticulous, insisting on purchasing and dispensing only high quality medicines in the various hospitals where she worked. She loved music and became a member of the choir in all the places she had opportunity to serve. In sickness and in health, Sr. JC remained peaceful, accepting the will of God with equanimity. She bore her terrible pains patiently without being cantankerous.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at the Novitiate compound. Present at the Mass were His Grace, Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke of Onitsha Archdiocese, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha, Bishop Emeritus of Orlu, and Most Rev. John Okoye of Awgu Diocese who preached the sermon. Bishop Okoye enjoined all to remember the significance of their baptism, which is oneness with Christ in His life, death and resurrection. According to him, Sr. JC, as she was fondly called by all, lived a life of humility and serenity with a good sense of humour. She was diligent in her assignment and tenacious in bearing patiently the cross of sickness which it pleased the Lord to send her. He urged all to emulate her patience, her cheerfulness in being with Christ no matter what the situation looks like; more importantly, to be prepared at all times for the coming of Christ as nobody knows the time or circumstances of his or her death.



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