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The Congregation celebrated with his Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze his Episcopal Golden Jubilee at Villa Mater Christi IHM Retirement Home, Nkpor on 27th September, 2015. 

He concelebrated with Fr. Samuel Obidike, the Chaplain of IHM Complex, Nkpor.

Cardinal Arinze was ordained the Archbishop of Onitsha on the 29th August, 1965 at the then Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha.  He worked in the Archdiocese for some years before moving over to the Vatican city for other assignments.  Clocking 50 years this year as a Bishop is a celebration the IHM Sisters want to be part of, hence a day with him.

‘Rejoice when others do well’ was the theme the Celebrant chose for his homily.  Following the reading of the day, where the apostles reported to Jesus how they stopped those casting out devil in His name he advised the Sisters to shun jealousy.  He asserted that we can only do good works by God’s grace.  “We need humility to acknowledge the grace of God when we do good”, he said.

The Cardinal had an interaction with the Sisters after the Holy Mass where he also shared the happenings in the Church for the past year we had time with him: the Pope and Justice and Peace in the Church and world.   There was a reception and entertainment for him after. 

The pupils of Madonna Nursery/Primary School, Owerri, Imo State, students of Cor Mariae Girls’ Secondary School, Nkpor, Anambra State, Charles Heerey Memorial Juniorate, Urualla , Imo State and the Elderly Sisters of the Villa Mater Christi led in the entertainment of the day.  Sr. Mary Patrick Anthony who decorated the Jubilee Cake lighted the celebration with a special cake designed to depict the Cardinal in full regalia.  It was a fun!

Sisters from all over gathered for this unique occasion.  Mother Mary Claude Oguh, IHM the Superior General welcomed and congratulated His Eminence at the close of the Mass.  Other Members of the Central Administration were there for the celebration. 

The Sisters had lunch with the Cardinal before he left for his other engagements.  With the Cardinal, the IHM Sisters said ‘To God be the Glory!


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