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Mother Mary Claude, IHM celebrates her feast day

The feastday of Rev. Mother Mary Claude Oguh, Superior General of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ was celebrated on February 15, 2014 at the Novitiate Compound . The celebration began with the Holy Mass at 11.00am.

In his sermon, Rev. Fr.  Charles Anene, a Lecturer at the Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha pointed out that the celebration of our Patron Saint’s feastday should remind us of our obligation to follow and emulate their footprints. They went through life trusting in God and living their faith till they went to heaven. Celebrating their lives offers us an opportunity to look into our own lives.

He emphasized the great gift of love which God has lavished on mankind. According to him, God has invested so much in humanity and therefore has a right to expect much from man. To maintain some order in the world, we gave us leaders. We are celebrating a leader for the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ: Mother Mary Claude Oguh, IHM. Like Paul told Timothy, she has to be a leader in season and out of season. This entails a lot of sacrifices on her part. She has to be a mother as well as a father to all the Sisters. In the same vein, she needs the support and loyalty of the Sisters. To achieve this, all need to make Christ the priority, the beacon. He noted that there is need for quietude and patience to solve problems as criticism only destroys relationship.

Fr. Anene went on to say that Jesus expects his followers to practice love to a heroic level just as he did. He emptied himself completely of His Godhead and assumed the nature of man. He went about doing good but he was eventually killed by those he came to save. Nonetheless, he forgave them and expects us to do the same.

After the Holy Mass, Mother Mary Claude, accompanied by her Councillors and all the Regional Superiors present, went to inspect the gifts brought by the Sisters. From there, all went to the arena prepared for the reception and entertainment. There were march past by the Students of the Cor Marie Secondary School, Aba, Cor Marie Girls Secondary School Nkpor, and Mother of Christ Secondary School, Enugu, with Mother Mary Claude taking the salute. The Students from Nkpor won the first prize and the trophy. They were followed by Students from Aba and Enugu respectively. Furthermore, Mother Mary Claude presented the Mater Christi Region with a prize as the best performing Region in the Congregation.

Songs, Band display, dances and drama were displayed by the Aspirants of Charles Heerey Memorial Juniorate Urualla, Postulants and the Novices.




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