Nigerian OP Sisters On Collaborative Initiatives

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The three Dominican Sisters Congregations in Nigeria came together for a seminar/workshop on collaborative initiatives. The theme of the seminar/workshop was “Development Grounded in Legacy and Charism” and it was held at the Dominican Sisters Novitiate House at Markurdi, in Northern Nigeria. The program was organized by the sisters who attended the training session in Lusaka in August 2011. It lasted for four days. About 32 sisters of Perpetual vows participated in the program.

The topic was on Catholic Social Teaching. A power point presentation on the Documents and Major Theme of the Catholic social teaching was delivered by Sr. Paulina Chioma Ogbonnaya, OP who was the coordinator of the programme and also the Promoter of Justice and Peace for Dominican Sisters Africa (DSA). There was also group work, group sharing and presentation of each group work to the general assembly. We examined ourselves as Dominican Sisters in Nigeria critically and allowed ourselves to be challenged by the social teaching of the Church especially on just wages, unjust treatments of women and children in our country. We, as Dominican Women in Nigeria are called to ‘See, Judge and Act’.

The sisters also had a field experience to a settlement in Makurdi, Benue State Nigeria, where on Easter Vigil Mass, rain storm pulled down part of the building killing 22 persons and injured many. Those who died were all buried in the mission compound, one beside the other. It made a deep impression on us seeing 22 fresh graves! It was a very pathetic sight! We prayed and condoled with the priest assigned to that mission and with the people of the settlement.

The celebration of ourselves as Dominican Women in Nigeria, took a lot of the last evening. We were very happy coming together to discuss and celebrate our oneness, our common and glorious heritage –‘The Dominican Spirituality’. We felt good and demonstrated this through dances, drama presentations and of course delicious meal.

In our evaluation of the whole program, all the sisters who participated expressed satisfaction and their great joy seeing the three congregations in Nigeria coming together to deliberate on a common purpose. The desire to work out more ways of collaboration among the Dominican Sisters in Nigeria was very strong and very much emphasized by all.

We use the medium to say a very big thank-you to Srs. Faustina Jimoh, O.P and Margaret Hussain, O.P for supporting the program both financially and otherwise. We thank the Prior Provincial of Dominican Fathers and Brothers, Nigeria and Ghana, Very Rev. Fr. Charles Ukwe, O.P, whose brief presence was an encouragement to us all.

Our next Seminar/Workshop on Development Grounded in Legacy and Charism will be organized for the Temporary professed sisters of the Dominican Sisters Congregations in Nigeria in the coming year 2013. The Planning committee will work towards that and give details with time.

Ours is a Development grounded in Legacy and Charism and we are committed to it. For ... BY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT WE MEAN ALL THOSE THINGS THAT ENABLE HUMAN BEINGS TO LIVE MEANINGFUL, HEALTHY AND WHOLE LIVES… FOR ANOTHER NAME FOR PEACE IS DEVELOPMENT!

Srs Caroline Igwe, OP, Patricia Daaor, OP, Cecilia Madu, OP and Sylvia Ibida, OP – Planning Committee.