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The IHM Institute with joy celebrated her Silver Jubilarian Missionaries at the IHM Generalate on 22nd September, 2014. 

It has become customary for the Institute to organize a celebration at the Generalate community for her members on mission lands who do their Final Commitment and Silver Jubilee in the year.  This year is no exception. Those for Final Profession had theirs earlier.  For the Jubilarians this year, the celebration was in the company of Msgr. Denis Isizoh, Secretary to his Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze and a member of Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue who was invited to the Generalate of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ.

Msgr. Isizoh said that he particularly came back from Vatican to witness the Jubilee celebration because “his Superior”, Sr. Maria Amalachukwu Oguadimma, IHM, who assists them at the Vatican, was one of the Jubilarians. 

Srs. M. Adelaide Ndilu is in a special apostolate with a Diocesan Communications, Mary William Jeptarus Samoe is heading John Bosco School, Mary Matthew Barasa is witnessing as a Hospital Matron, and Mary Celine Siratei works in Community of Hope Children’s Home, all in Kenya.  Sr. Mary Clavia Ifediba is on with her missionary work in Germany and Sr. Maria Theresia Asomugha works in Nigeria at Sacred Heart Parish, Odoakpu.  They had been in Nigeria for more than a month for a one-month-reflection in preparation for the Jubilee. 

Due to the missionary nature of our Institute and the importance attached to her missionary endeavors, the Superior General, Mother Mary Claude Oguh, IHM and her entire Council were there to celebrate with the Sisters in the name of the Institute.  The Sisters of the Generalate Community presented a welcome song to Msgr. Isizoh and a congratulatory song for the Sisters with a variety of entertainment.   The Jubilarians flanked Msgr. Isizoh, the Superior General and Sr. Mary Joan Iwenofu, one of our Regional Superiors, to cut the Jubilee cake.  This was followed by a toast in their honour.

There was a dancing session when all the celebrants exercised their legs.  The Jubilarians and Msgr. Isizoh were presented with gifts.  The Superior General, Mother Mary Claude Oguh, thanked the Sisters for representing the Congregation in their different mission areas.  “We are here to appreciate your efforts”, she told them.  She also thanked Msgr. Isizoh for honoring the invitation to the Generalate and for identifying with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary both in Nigeria and in Italy.  She said, “Msgr. Isizoh is a household name.  Whenever we invite him to any of our celebrations, he comes when he can”.  She also thanked him for the assistance he renders to our Sisters in Rome.

 Msgr. Isizoh on his part thanked the Superior General and all the Sisters for inviting him.  “This is my first time of dining and celebrating in your Generalate.  I’ve come to know the daily life of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  I know almost all your prayers and when you say them”, he said.  He encouraged the Sisters to continue with their good works in the Church and in the world.

In appreciation, the Jubilarians sang for all and Sr. Mary Adelaide expressed their gratitude for the honor accorded to them.  She said, “We are very grateful for the opportunity of preparing for the Jubilee and celebrating with our Sisters.  We received so many graces this time and we feel like ‘Queens’ with all the celebrations.” 

Everyone was happy and the Jubilarians look forward to celebrating their Golden Jubilee.  To God be the glory!


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