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21 IHM Sisters take Final Vows

The Final profession ceremony of 21 Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mother of Christ, Nigeria was recently celebrated in two batches, at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha, Anambra State for the first group of 13 Sisters and at St. Michael’s Parish, Urualla in Orlu Diocese of Imo State, Nigeria for the second group of 8 Sisters.

In his sermon at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, His Grace, Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke noted that the 13 Sisters who made their final vows at the Basilica were taking, a final step into making a total and complete dedication of their entire life to the service of God. They have already spent time learning about what the Religious life entails and have also spent some years living it before coming to this final decision. He reminded the Sisters that they were making a perpetual commitment and therefore must not look back. It is neither politics nor business where some people behave callously and even get away with it. It is a gift and a vocation from God which must be jealously guarded and preserved with prayers. He enjoined the families and friends of these Sisters to join in partaking of these gifts through their spiritual and material support to these Sisters, and desist from being a source of distraction to them. He affirmed that it is necessary for the Sisters to always renew their life in God because it is not enough to answer the call, and to follow the Master, but also to persevere in it.

In the same vein, Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha who officiated at the ceremony held at Urualla enjoined the 8 Sisters who made their final profession to be like the Blessed Virgin Mary in their thinking and actions, having before their eyes always the virtues of Mary as contained in the Litany. He pointed out to the Sisters that they have joined a Congregation with high values and standards and must do all in their power to live up to those values and maintain the standard already set.  Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament must never be missed because the closer one is to God, the more He reaches out to the person. He noted with dismay the lack of faith exhibited by many Christians today. According to him, many no longer believe in God but in the so called and self-acclaimed “miracle workers”. They leave Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and run after charlatans.

After the Mass, the Sisters were entertained with dances from their various home parishes.



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