IHM SISTERS CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF ST CLAUDE DE LE COLOMBIERE

The IHM Sisters celebrated their Superior General marking the feast of her Patron Saint, Claude de la Colombiere on 12th February, 2022 at Villa Mater Christi IHM Sisters’ Retirement Home Chapel, Nkpor.

The yearly celebration is becoming more grand each year.  The celebration of the superior General has been a unifying celebration since the foundation of the Religious family.  Sisters gather from near and far to mark this special day.

“St. Claude was a preacher, it means he paid attention to the Word of God.  He listened to the Word, made effort and taught people to trust in God’s love for them.” That was Very Rev. Fr Alfred Okakpu, Vice Rector, Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha on the life of the Saint for the day during his homily.  He went on to say that it is God who makes one worthy of his work, therefore, glory and thanks go to the one who enables good works.

As usual, the celebration  which started with a Holy Mass was presided over by Msgr. Hypolite Adigwe, Director of Catechesis in Nnewi Diocese.  He con-celebrated with three other priests -Fr. Okakpu, Fr. Samuel Nwadike, the Chaplain of IHM Sisters Complex, Nkpor and Fr. Martin Ikeagu, the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Odoakpu Onitsha.

The Sisters, in appreciation of Mother Mary Claude, presented her with the image of Moses with two elders holding his hands indicating their support till the end for her works for the Congregation, the Church and the humanity. 

“I love you all, my Sisters”, she resounded during her appreciation for all the prayers and support received from the Sisters.  She appreciated the celebrants present and thanked the Sisters for their supports, efforts and gifts. 

All arms of the Congregation – Pupils, Students, Workers, Aspirants, Postulants, Novices and the Associate Members, were there to cheer the Superior General up and offer her gifts in appreciation for who she is and all she does.

The Superior General was presented with assorted gifts from al the Regions and entertained after the Holy Mass.  Most of the foodstuff and items brought by the Sisters were distributed to the houses of Formation, poor persons, Leprosaria at Oji River, 4 Monasteries and Convents needing support.


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