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Rev Sisters M. Therese and Mary Cyril Laid To Rest

The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ have laid to rest two of their eminent Sisters, Rev. Sr. Mary Therese Njoku and Rev. Sr. Dr. Mary Cyril Enukorah, who died last December, 2011. The funeral Mass which started at 10.00am at the Immaculate Heart Novitiate Chapel, Nkpor–Agu, Anambra State, was concelebrated by the Catholic Bishop of Aba, Most Rev. Vincent Ezeonyia, CSSp, Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha, Bishop Emeritus of Orlu and over two hundred priests. Religious Brothers and Sisters from various congregations as well as the Laity numbering over one thousand attended the Mass.


Preaching the sermon, Very Rev. Fr. Donatus Nwachukwu of Owerri Archdiocese took the congregation through the various stages which a grieving soul passes. These are denial, anger, bargaining, resignation and acceptance. He stressed the importance of reaching the final stage which is the acceptance of God’s will. He also noted that both Sr. M. Therese and Sr. Mary Cyril had instructed many in virtue during their life time. They brought many to Christ and Christ to many through their teaching, instructions, but more importantly, through their life of witnessing. He called on all to emulate their virtues as many children still need to be guided in the right path.

Sr. M. Therese was the first Vicar General of the Congregation under the then Superior General, Mother Mary Bernadette Anyogu, for 18 years. After the Nigerian civil war in 1970, she worked very hard at reconstructing the damaged and dilapidated hospital at Emekuku in Owerri Archdiocese and later spent about 16 years of her life at Umuchu where she also worked at uplifting the maternity there to a full-fledged hospital. She was also very involved in training and preparing young girls for marriage.


Sr. Mary Cyril Enukorah was a Senior lecturer at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and a Clinical Psychologist. Although her career as a Clinical Psychologist was cut short by death, Rev. Sr. Dr. Mary Cyril helped many students, the clergy, religious and several others to rediscover their focus in life and again become psychologically stable people. Before her death, Rev. Sr. Dr. Mary Cyril Enukorah was a member of many professional bodies including the Nigerian Psychological Association (NPA) and the Nigerian Association of Clinical Psychologists (NACP), where she served as the National Financial Secretary until her death. She was till death, the Regional Superior of the Eastern Region of the Immaculate Heart Sisters, Nigeria.


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