The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA), Province of Nigeria celebrated her 25th and 50th anniversary of Religious profession recently at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Agbor Delta State, amidst renewal of vows, joy, happiness and thanksgiving for the journey so far. The ceremony which was graced by family members, friends, and religious congregation of the Sisters had Most Rev. Michael Odogwu Elue, Bishop of Issele-Uku as the Chief celebrant.
The celebrants Rev. Sr. Rosita Nobis celebrating her 50th year, and Rev. Sisters Victoria Zirra, Monica Mafiana, Bridget Okonye, Fidelia Onyejuluwa, Agnes Umudo and Winifred Diagboya, celebrating their 25th year of Religious profession were all smiles and thanksgiving to God who has led them thus far in their profession.
Most Rev. Michael .O. Elue in his message said the focus of the anniversary is not on the celebrants, but on what God has done through them, all through these years, thanking God for their faithfulness to their vows and their profession. He said it is not what one has, but what one is that matters to God. He also thanked God for the resilience of the young sisters, all through the face of the challenges they have encountered.
He congratulated the sisters for coming this far, and also their families, for supporting the work of God through them, adding that anything you receive free of charge has been paid for by someone else. He concluded by praying for God’s hand upon the sisters, for the work that lies ahead of them.
Speaking after the Mass, Rev. Sr. Assumpta Mordi, the provincial superior of OLA said God’s faithfulness and grace has kept them (the sisters) going, as well as their simplicity, commitment and willingness to serve others. She said only eight Nigerian Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles has celebrated Golden Jubilees of their consecration, even though OLA is almost a hundred and fifty years in Nigeria. She charged the sisters to continue in the humility of their profession, dedication and courageous service to God in their various places of assignment.
The golden jubilarian, Rev. Sr. Rosita Nobis, speaking on behalf of the Silver Jubilarians, said God has been with them, for the past 50 and 25 years of service, saying that God’s love and trust in Him has been working for them. She enjoined other sisters to trust God to help them keep the vows they have made, and also take one day at a time.
The high points of the event were the renewal of vows by the celebrants, the thanksgiving session and a colorful reception held in their honour at Mary Mount College, Boji-Boji Owa.